Pat Conrad has been leading Red Lion s program since 2004, compiling a 45-53 overall record. His best year was 2010, when the Lions went 10-4 and went to
Pat Conrad has been leading Red Lion s program since 2004, compiling a 45-53 overall record. His best year was 2010, when the Lions went 10-4 and went to the District 3-AAAA title game. (File photo)

It's been an exceptionally busy week for York-Adams League football coaching news.

Let's try to recap.

Red Lion is now looking for a new head coach, while Northeastern has found its new head man.

York Tech is expected to announce its new head coach on Thursday, while Dover is set to hold interviews for its open position on Thursday and Friday.

West York, meanwhile, learned earlier this week that the leader of its perennially strong program will remain in place.

Red Lion: Perhaps the most surprising news on Tuesday came when Red Lion announced it was looking for a new coach after the resignation of Pat Conrad.

Conrad, 41, has been leading the Lions' program since 2004, compiling a 45-53 overall record, including a 1-9 mark in 2012. Conrad's teams traditionally played a challenging non-league schedule, including contests vs. Cumberland Valley, Wilson, Hempfield, Lower Dauphin and Glen Mills.

"It was a most difficult decision that I did not want to have to make, but one that needed to be made in order to bring new energy into the program," Conrad said.

Conrad's best season with the Lions came in 2010, when his team went 10-4 and advanced to the District 3-AAAA title game. That team was led by lineman Andrew Zeller, who earned an NCAA Division I scholarship to Maryland. Another one of Conrad's former players, tight end Austin Gunder, earned a major college scholarship to Stanford.

Conrad pointed to those accomplishments among the highlights of his Red Lion coaching tenure. But Conrad also said wins and losses didn't define his program.

"I am proud of the program my staff and I have developed over the years," Conrad said. "I am proud of the players who learned life lessons based on a code of principles and values that I know will make them great leaders throughout their lives. ... I will miss the relationships I've built with the players over the years in teaching them lessons."

Conrad said he plans to continue teaching social studies at Red Lion High School. He also plans to continue coaching football, but he's not sure where or at what level.

Conrad will be an assistant coach at the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game this spring and he will remain as president of the York-Adams Football Coaches Association until Red Lion finds a new head coach.

"Coach Conrad has been a valuable asset to our athletic program and will continue to serve the district as an accomplished teacher," Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius said.

Northeastern: The Bobcats have hired a 26-year-old as the second head coach in the history of its young program.

Jon Scepanski will succeed Brendan Brown, who had led the Northeastern program since its inception in 2008. Brown, who resigned shortly after the season, compiled an overall record of 22-30. Last year's Bobcat team was 7-4 and earned a District 3-AAA playoff berth. Scepanski served as the offensive coordinator for Northeastern in 2012.

Scepanski's hiring was approved by the Northeastern school board on Monday.

Scepanski is Solanco High School graduate, where he played quarterback and outside linebacker. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach at West Chester University before being hired as an assistant coach at Conestoga Valley, where he served as a quarterbacks coach and a defensive coordinator.

One of Scepanski's biggest challenges will be rebuilding the Bobcats' staff. Only two members of last year's staff have decided to return. He'll also need to replace a strong senior class.

"We're going to be young," Scepanski said. "We lost a good amount of seniors who got substantial playing time."

Scepanski admitted he was somewhat surprised he got a head coaching job at such a young age, but he thinks his youth could be an asset.

"I think my age will help me relate to the players," he said. "We're focusing on building trust between the team and myself."

Scepanski, who teaches health and physical education at Northeastern Middle School, has been overseeing the Bobcats' winter workouts since after the Christmas break and said things have been going well.

"It (being a head coach) is something I've always dreamt of doing," he said.

Other news: In other York-Adams coaching news, York Tech athletic director Rob Caruso said the school expects to hire a new head football coach at Thursday's Joint Operating Committee meeting.

York Tech has been looking for a new head coach since the school decided not to rehire Doug Wilkinson, who was 2-8 in each of his two seasons with the Spartans.

Dover athletic director Rich Leathery said his school will conduct interviews for its position on Thursday and Friday.

Bill Miller was Dover's head coach last year, but the school decided to open up the job after a 4-6 season in 2012.

In two different seven-year stints as Dover's head coach, Miller was 55-88 overall.

Both Miller and Wilkinson said they were caught by surprise when their schools decided to open up their positions.

It was reported earlier this week that Ron Miller has decided to remain West York's head coach.

Miller was being considered for the head coaching job at Cumberland Valley -- which is widely considered one of the premier jobs in District 3. The Class AAAA Eagles own 12 District 3 championships and one state crown.

In fact, Pennlive.com reported Tuesday that Miller was the "candidate of choice by the selection committee" at Cumberland Valley.

Once Miller decided to stay at West York, Cumberland Valley announced Tuesday that it was postponing its decision on a new head coach. That decision had been expected to be made on Tuesday.

Miller has a career record of 72-17 at West York since his hiring in 2006. The Bulldogs have won or shared six straight York-Adams Division II titles. West York won the District 3-AAA title in 2008.

-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.