The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School football program has found its new head coach.
OLSH named Donnie Militzer its head football coach on Monday. The move came almost two months after former head coach Dan Bradley resigned from the position in early January following six seasons at the helm.
Militzer comes to the Chargers after spending the past four seasons at the collegiate level at Division I FCS Robert Morris, where he was a defensive quality control coach for three years and an offensive quality control coach last fall.
“I told myself that the only way I would ever go back to high schools is if it was the perfect situation and a situation where I knew I could impact young men and have the freedom to do it,” Militzer told the Beaver County Times on Wednesday. “So, to me, OLSH was a no-brainer. It was the perfect storm and a position that I envision myself being in for a long time.”
Militzer said he began talks with OLSH’s administration shortly after the position became open in January. 
Details were finalized last week, and Militzer met with principal Tim Plocinik and athletic director Michael McDonald on Friday before meeting with players on Monday. 
Prior to his time with the Colonials, Militzer served as the linebackers coach at Division III Carnegie Mellon (2006-08) and as the running backs coach at Division III Washington & Jefferson (2009-10).
He’s also had success at the high school level, spending four seasons as head coach at Charleroi (2014-17) and having been an assistant at Gateway, Bishop Canevin, Peters Township and Carylnton. In his final year with Charleroi in 2017, Militzer led the Cougars to a 9-1 overall record — the program’s best record in 20 years at that time.
The Chargers compiled a 47-19 record and won the 2018 WPIAL Class 1A title in six seasons under Bradley. They finished the 2021 campaign with a 9-4 record and a 42-7 loss to Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL title game.
“Coach Bradley did an amazing job with that program,” Militzer said. “… I’m taking over a program where these kids were coached really well. They have a lot of momentum because they played their best football at the end of the season last year. And they’re returning a lot of guys.” 
As a father of a 7- and 10-year-old, Militzer said he decided to make the move back to the high school level — instead of climbing the collegiate coaching ladder — to provide his family with a sense of stability.
Now, after his introductory meeting on Monday with Chargers players, he says he’s beyond excited to get started in his new role.
“We clicked right away,” Militzer said. “It was just such a good vibe after that first meeting. Honestly, man, I wish we were playing this Friday.”
Contact Parth Upadhyaya at pupadhyaya@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @pupadhyaya_.

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