Janocko selected as Big 33 head coach
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
Clearfield head football coach Tim Janocko has received a lot of honors in his 24 years as head coach of the Bisons. Now, he'll add another one to the growing list.
Janocko has been selected by the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association as the head coach of the 2009 PNC Big 33 Pennsylvania High School All-Star football team.
"I'm very honored," said Janocko. "I think it's a big honor for our school and our program. It's like the entire program is being recognized. I'm just humbled."
This isn't the first time Janocko has been a coach in the prestigious game. He was an assistant in 2001.
Janocko was also the head coach of the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association East-West game in 2006. But this is definitely a big honor.
"This is the pinnacle of where you can go with all-star games," said Janocko. "It's one of the biggest all-star games in the country.
"Plus, you are selected by your peers. I'm very thankful that they think that much of me to nominate me."
The Bison head coach will be assisted by five different coaches from throughout Pennsylvania, including assistant coach Frank Gay of Red Land. Also helping will be Central Dauphin's Glen McNamee, Garnet Valley's Mike Ricci, General McLane's Jim Wells and West Catholic's Brian Fluck.
Janocko and Wells coached together in the East-West game, while Fluck coached against them for the East.
"When I was the head coach of the West team Jimmy Wells coached for me in that," said Janocko. "He's a really good coach.
"I met Brian Fluck there, too. He coached against me for the East in the East-West game."
But now all three will be on the same team, along with McNamee and Ricci. The coaches have already met and discussed some of their gameplan.
"We've met two times already before the selection process," Janocko said. "We are going to run a lot of Clearfield's offense with a few wrinkles. We are going to do a lot of the same things we do.
"Defensively, the game has rules and you have to adhere to them, so both teams will be running the same defense."
Only two District 6 players were named to the squad - State College defensive end Robert Stupar and Bishop Carroll offensive lineman Steve Greene.
"It's a neat thing," Janocko said of coaching different kids from around the state. "I did it as an assistant in the Big 33 game before and as a West coach at the East-West game. They tell you all week long it's more than a game. The tension and the excitement and the pressure is amazing, though."
The Pennsylvania team will be introduced on Feb. 16 at the Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg at 10:30 a.m.
The Ohio team will be led by Ada High School head coach Mike Fell. They will be announced on Feb. 9 at the Ohio Governor's Mansion.
Pennsylvania is riding a three-game winning streak after breaking a three-year streak by Ohio. Pennsylvania won last year's game, 31-16.
The game will be played June 20 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Founded in 1957, the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation has provided 3,288 academic scholarships to college-bound students. The Big 33 Football Classic has also had at least one player in each NFL Super Bowl roster since the Super Bowl's inception.