Red Lion High School has hired its next head varsity football coach.

The Lions' next boss will be Jesse Shay, whose most recent job was as the defensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

McDevitt is one of the most high-profile and most-successful football programs in District 3. The Crusaders have won the last three District 3-AAA titles, including a 21-10 victory over West York in last year's finals. They also reached the state finals in two of the last three years. Overall, McDevitt owns 10 District 3 titles in various classes and one state championship.

"He's very qualified. We hit the lottery in that," Red Lion superintendent Scott Deisley said.

The Red Lion School Board approved Shay's hiring on Thursday night by a 9-0 vote. His football salary will be $6,810.

"It's every head coach's dream to find an opportunity like Red Lion," Shay said in a news release. "The community support here is second to none and the student-athletes are among the toughest, hardest-working young men in the York-Adams (League)."

Shay, a 2001 graduate of Ursinus, will also be a senior high school social studies teacher at Red Lion. He currently teaches at Northern Lebanon School District. He will bring more than 10 years of classroom and coaching experience to Red Lion.

"It had a lot to do with the teaching position and his qualifications," board president Chris Seitz said. "It's the best of both worlds. It's a quality coach and will help with the football program."


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Shay and his wife Ashley currently live in Palmyra but expect to move into the Red Lion School District next school year. They are expecting their first child later this summer.

"We were fortunate to have many qualified candidates interested in our opportunity," Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius said in the news release. "Moreover, we were able to involve past coaches, members of our youth program and the administration to assist in this selection. Jesse's experiences, references and training solidified his position as the selection committee's choice to recommend to our school board. We are certain he will continue the proud tradition at Red Lion."

Shay replaces Pat Conrad, who resigned in January. Conrad compiled a 45-53 overall record with the Lions during his tenure, which started in 2004. That included a 1-9 mark in 2012. His best season came in 2010, when the Lions went 10-4 and advanced to the District 3-AAAA title game.

Under Conrad, the Lions traditionally played one of the toughest non-league schedules in the area, including games against regional powers such as Cumberland Valley, Wilson, Hempfield, Lower Dauphin and Glen Mills.

-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com. Lauren McLane contributed to this story.