By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to FootballScoop, the Saint Vincent (Pennsylvania) Bearcats has announced that head football coach Ron Dolciato will not return to the school next season. In five seasons, the team went 16-34 during his tenure.
The team went 1-9 this season, including ending the season on a five-game losing streak. They were also 1-8 within conference play.
The Bearcats were shut out 35-0 in their season-finale on November 10th against Bethany Bisons in Bethany, West Virginia. Besides losing to the Bisons, the team also lost to No. 21 Case Western Reserve Spartans, Waynesburg Yellow Jackets, Grove City Wolverines, and No. 19 Washington & Jefferson Presidents.
Two of the losses came by a combined five points. They lost 12-10 to the Yellow Jackets at home. The next week, they also lost 30-27 to the Wolverines in Grove City, Pa.
Under Dolciato’s tutelage, he helped Shavonta Craft set a career record with 156 points. He also set a career-best with 25 rushing touchdowns and 1,758 rushing yards. He also had at least seven touchdowns in three seasons from 2014 through 2016.
He also helped guide quarterback Derek Stewart to several records. During the 2016 season, he helped guide Stewart to a school record with 2,973 passing yards in a season. That number presently ranks in the Top 10 of Presidents’ Athletic Conference history.
Stewart also set a single-game record with 442 passing yards and seven touchdowns in a 57-32 win on September 24 at homecoming against Grove City.
In 2016, he also guided the team to its first 4-0 start since the 1957 season. They ended up going 1-5 in the final six games of the season to finish that campaign with a 5-5 record.