Friday, January 10, 2014

Longtime John Carroll football assistant lands head coaching job

Saint Vincent College is the training camp home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The college's spot in NFL lore makes it a natural landing spot for a coach with John Carroll ties.

John Carroll associate head coach and offensive coordinator Ron Dolciato was named Saint Vincent's head coach on Friday. Dolciato spent 23 years at John Carroll, including the last 12 as offensive coordinator.

His legacy at John Carroll can be measured in many ways, so let's stick with the NFL theme. He coached two NFL offensive coordinators (San Francisco's Greg Roman and New England's Josh McDaniels), two general managers (Jacksonsville's Dave Caldwell and San Diego's Tom Telesco), and a director of player personnel (New England's Nick Caserio) at John Carroll.

One of Dolciato's former players, Tom Arth, played quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Arth became the Blue Streaks' head coach last year.

Dolciato's last season at John Carroll was one of his most memorable. The Blue Streaks went 9-2 and reached the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2013.

Saint Vincent went 0-10 last season. The college has served as the site of the Steelers' training camp since 1967. The Steelers spent four decades practicing on fields that sat idle during the fall. Saint Vincent suspended football in 1962. The program returned in 2007.

Dolciato lives in Russell Township.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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