Saint Vincent Bearcats hire Aaron Smetanka as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Saint Vincent College Bearcats has hired Aaron Smetanka as the team’s new head coach. He returns to his alma mater with this hire.

He takes over a program that went 1-9 in 2018.


“We are pleased to welcome Aaron to our coaching staff,” said Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College. “He is an extraordinarily talented, enthusiastic and committed individual who bleeds green and gold, and we look forward to his contributions to the football team and the Saint Vincent community as a whole.”

He had been the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions High School Head Coach for the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was the Chartiers Valley Colts Passing Game Coordinator in 2016.

He previously worked as the Bearcats Quarterbacks Coach from 2013 through 2015. In 2013 and 2014, he also was the quarterback for the Erie Explosion indoor football team.

Smetanka began his coaching as the Peters Township Mighty Indians High School Quarterbacks Coach in 2012.

“I am honored and blessed to return to my alma mater as its head football coach,” Smetanka said.
“There were many great coaches that were interviewed for the head coaching position and I am very fortunate to have been selected. Saint Vincent College is an exceptional academic institution, that has a great on campus community and terrific Benedictine values that are displayed by its student-athletes.

“I would like to thank Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, Br. Norman Hipps, Fr. Myron Kirsch and all of the administration for giving me the opportunity to be the head football coach at Saint Vincent,” he added. “I look forward to working with them as well as the players and coaching staff to make this a great football program. Go Bearcats!”

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