South Western High School has announced the appointment of two new varsity head coaches, including a new football coach.
Chris Heilman will take over the Mustangs' grid program from Damian Poalucci, who resigned in early January after five years at South Western and a 25-27 overall record, including a 4-6 mark last season.
Heilman brings with him more than 25 years of coaching and playing experience. He has coached at South Western for 16 years at all levels of the program as an assistant, coordinator, and head freshmen coach. He is a South Western graduate.
“Chris can help our football program reach the next level of play. He has experience playing and coaching on championship teams. We are very fortunate to hire a dedicated coach who fully supports SWSD traditions and programs” South Western principal Judy Berryman said in a news release.
Before coaching, Heilman played at the collegiate level for Shippensburg University as a defensive lineman (1995-1998). He was named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (1996-1998), All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (1997-1998), and Datronics All Northeast (1998). He was also named K. Mylett Defensive Player of the Year (1998), V. Rambo Lineman of the Year (1998) and WSYC Defensive Player of the Year (1999). He was also awarded the South Western Alumni Award (1999).
Heilman earned his bachelor of science degree from Shippensburg and his master of business administration, information system, from York College. He is a business teacher at Emory Markle Intermediate School in the South Western School District and resides in the district with his wife and daughter.
Heilman was Poalucci's defensive coordinator for all five years that Poalucci was head coach.
"You can't please everybody," Poalucci said when confirming his resignation in January. "You try to put the kids forward and do the best you can with the kids and put them in positions to succeed, and you do your best at that, and sometimes people don't understand that."
Poalucci, who said his decision to resign was completely his own, spent his last 19 years as a coach within the Mustangs' program. Poalucci still teaches at the high school, where he is the health and physical education teacher.
Poalucci had succeeded Don Seidenstricker as head coach. Seidenstricker, the current athletic director at South Western, led the Mustangs during the program's glory days, from 1989 through 2011. Under Sidenstricker, South Western won at least a share of 13 York-Adams Division I titles.
Krotzer takes over girls' soccer program: South Western also announced the appointment of Jesse Krotzer as the new head girls’ soccer coach.
Krotzer began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Eastern University coaching men’s soccer. He began coaching girls’ soccer three years ago at Susquehannock High School before coming to South Western High School in 2017 as a physical education teacher and assistant girls’ soccer coach.
“Jesse has proven that he can assist in taking a soccer program to the next level of play in district and state playoff games. We were very fortunate to hire Jesse last year as a teacher and are excited to now have this opportunity to hire him as our head coach. He is dedicated to making SWHS girls’ soccer into a more competitive program” Berryman said in a news release.
Before coaching, Krotzer was a team manager at Eastern University and a director/instructor for Soccer Shots working with young soccer players.
Krotzer earned his bachelor of science degree and his master in education from Eastern University. Krotzer lives in the district with his wife.
Mustangs looking for boys' basketball coach: While South Western has filled two coaching vacancies, the school is now looking to fill another.
South Western has an immediate opening for a head varsity boys' basketball coach.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and professional resume, to include references, to: Don Seidenstricker, athletic director, South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover, Pa., 17331 or email email@example.com.
All inquiries should be submitted ASAP but must be received no later than April 21.
South Western was 4-18 overall last season and 2-12 in York-Adams Division I under Nate Brodbeck