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BLOG: Ex-Red Lion coach Conrad steps down at Carlisle

Patrick Strohecker
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Former Red Lion High School head football coach Pat Conrad resigned from the same position at Carlisle on Monday, as first reported by The Carlisle Sentinel.

Conrad just completed his first season as the Thundering Herds' head coach, leading the team to a 4-6 mark. Conrad still teaches at Red Lion High School and would make the 55-mile commute on a daily basis after school during the season. According to the Sentinel, Carlisle tried to find him a teaching position at the school to solve his travel issue, but failed.

Aside from not getting a teaching job in or near Carlisle to reduce his travel, Conrad also cited the program's lack of a quality weight-training facility as another major obstacle.

Conrad told The Sentinel: "“When I was hired, I was promised that a weight room would be built, and it was to be done June 1st. I can’t build a program without the resources to do it.”

Red Lion head coach Pat Conrad talks to a player during the 2011 season. Conrad resigned as the Carlisle head coach on Monday after one year, citing inadequate training facilities for the program, the same reason current Central York head coach Josh Oswalt left Carlisle following the 2015 season.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Coincidentally, the lack of up-to-date facilities, especially the weight-training room, was cited by former Carlisle coach and current Central York coach Josh Oswalt when he left the Herd for the Panthers.

Oswalt helped rebuild the Herd program from a Mid Penn Conference doormat to back-to-back District 3 playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015, despite outdated facilities that paled in comparison to Carlisle's closest rivals. When Oswalt resigned following the 2015 season, he cited the same concerns that Conrad did earlier this week. Oswalt led the Panthers to a 7-3 regular season and berth in the District 3 6-A playoffs in his first year, one season after the team went just 3-7.

The departure of Oswalt and Conrad is two coaching resignations in the past nine months for Carlisle. In all, the program has had 10 head coaches over the last 35 years, which comes out to a new one every 3 1/2 years.

Conrad served as the Lions' head coach from 2004-12, compiling a 45-53 mark in that time. He told the Sentinel that he still intends on coaching in the future.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com