Varsity Xtra: The right guy

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles South Fayette football coach Joe Rossi. Click here to read his story.

"Joe Rossi wasn't ready to walk in the middle of the season, but there was a time not so long ago that he was convinced he was not the right man to coach South Fayette football.

It was near the end of the 2008 season, Rossi's second as the Lions' coach. His struggling team hit rock bottom, losing to previously winless Cornell. Before Rossi went into the locker room after the game, he talked with his wife and father. It was raining and Rossi's gloom matched the weather.

"I remember standing outside the locker room, I shook my head and told my wife and my Dad that this job wasn't for me," Rossi said. "I remember saying, 'I don't think I can get it done here.'"

Then Rossi walked into a somber locker room, looked at his players and changed his tune. Something hit him."