T-D HS Baseball

Greater Johnstown names Kerry Pfeil baseball coach

By: Mike Mastovich

A shout out to Coach Pfeil during the upcoming Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference  baseball season might attract the attention of more than one coach.
Greater Johnstown High School hired long-time assistant baseball coach Kerry Pfeil as head coach during Tuesday night’s school board of directors meeting. Pfeil will replace Dee Dee Osborne, who retired with a 239-204 record after 25 seasons.
“I feel very honored and privileged to be able to coach for Johnstown High and the City of Johnstown,” said Pfeil, who was Osborne’s assistant the past eight seasons. “This is the area where I grew up. This is an area filled with kids I believe in. I think we’ve got a lot of good things going on in the city and most of that begins with the student-athletes we have here at Johnstown.”
Pfeil will join two close family members as LHAC head baseball coaches.
His brother Chris Pfeil coaches at city rival Bishop McCort High School, and cousin Matt Pfeil coaches at Bishop Carroll.
“It’s an honor to coach in the Laurel Highlands against my brother at McCort, my cousin at Bishop Carroll and my friends Paul Knupp and Ray Stenger at Westmont,” Kerry Pfeil said. “My best friend, Josh Day, is an assistant coach at Bishop McCort. He and I coached Pony together with the Boilers. He’s had a huge impact on me. It’s great to be involved with a lot of people in a very competitive conference.”
Johnstown Athletic Director Tony Penna Jr. said Pfeil is a natural fit.
“Kerry has put a lot of time in with the program under Dee Dee’s tutelage,” Penna said. “He’s gotten to know the kids very well. He’s very dedicated to the program and put his time in. He deserves the opportunity to be the head man.”
Johnstown went 7-13 last season and split a pair of district playoff games.
In the last game of the 2013 spring season, the Trojans started seven underclassmen, including standouts such as Grant Noon, Jeremy Updyke, Connor Kobal and LesPaul Buchko.
“I certainly want to continue building on the foundation Coach Osborne left with teaching fundamentals and teaching kids life lessons through baseball,” Kerry Pfeil said. “The big thing I would like to see us improve on, we need to learn how to better deal with adversity and overcome setbacks and obstacles in order to compete against the Bishop McCorts, Somersets, Bedfords, Richlands and Bishop Carrolls.
“We need to play solid baseball for seven innings to put ourselves in position to win.”
Kerry Pfeil is a Bishop McCort graduate who played on the Crushers’ 1999 District 6 Class A championship team. He graduated from IUP, though an injury cut short his playing days. He is a veteran of the Johnstown AAABA League as a player, and the City Pony League as a coach with the B. Hale Boilers.
He is an American history teacher at Johnstown High School and a statistician and social media administrator for the football and basketball programs.
Pfeil will be assisted on the varsity level by Marcus Martin and Ryan Brandon, who each had been with the program the previous three seasons.