Ex-Central York boss Brad Livingston to be enshrined among state's top football coaches

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • The Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame will soon induct five new members.
  • Former Central York High School head coach Brad Livingston is among those to be inducted.
  • Livingston had a career mark of 211-153-4 at Central, earning at least a share of 10 division titles.

Former Central York High School football head coach Brad Livingston is a hall of famer — again.


It was recently announced that Livingston is part of a five-man class selected for induction into the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Livingston, 70, had previously been inducted into both the York Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

Livingston spent 34 years as the head coach of the Panthers, compiling a 211-153-4 overall record. Counting his years as an assistant, Livingston spent 46 years on the sidelines with the Central football program.

As the Panthers' head coach, Livingston's teams won at least a share of 10 division titles.

His victory total ranks third in York-Adams League history, behind only George Shue (226 wins at Littlestown and Red Lion) and Denny Frew (220 wins at Delone Catholic). Both Shue and Frew are also PSFCA Hall of Famers.

"I was pretty shocked and surprised, and very humbled," Livingston said of his reaction when he learned of the news. "Then I went back and looked at all of the people inducted before and when I saw the people in there, I was even more shocked and surprised than when I first heard the news."

Football resume: Livingston's football teams reached the District 3 playoffs on 10 occasions, compiling an 8-10 playoff record, with defeats in the 1990 Class 3-A and 1984 2-A championship games.

Livingston coached a number of players who went on to experience serious success on the college level, including quarterback Matt Baker, a 1986 graduate who started at Temple before returning to Central’s staff as an assistant. Baker served as Central's offensive coordinator from 2000 through Livingston's final season in 2015.

Some other notable players coached by Livingston, listed with their college teams are: Kyle Baublitz (Penn State), Wayne Tribue (Temple), Andrews Dadeboe (Buffalo), Jermiah Dadeboe (Buffalo) and Travis Motley (Mansfield). NFL lineman Will Beatty, who graduated from York High, also played at Central.  

"I'm very proud of (the honor) because it shows I had great kids in our football program and I coached with great people. We really tried to do things the right way. ... I also had great mentors along the way, like Ellsworth Kissinger and Jack Goodling and Joe Stauffer."

Livingston also credited his many assistants, such as Baker and current York High head coach Russ Stoner, as being integral to his success.

"My Dad always told me to make sure you surround yourself with good people, and don't be afraid to hire people who are smarter than you are, and then listen to them. So I surrounded myself with good people and we made it work."

When asked for his career highlights, Livingston mentioned two things.

"It's always fun to watch kids win a championship and to watch them celebrate," he said. "It's great to see how elated they are after they accomplish their goals.

"And at the end of my career, it was great to see our team's relationship with Tucker's Team. Being a part of Tucker's Team was one of the most important things I'll remember from my career. It was really special."

Tucker's Team was an organization set up in the Central community in 2007 to help Tucker Haas, who was 7 years old at the time and battling cancer.

Central institution: Livingston was a sports institution at Central. He also coached in the volleyball program for 43 seasons, including 14 as the head coach. He also spent 13 years helping with the wrestling program, including four seasons as the varsity head coach. As the school's volleyball head coach, his teams won two state championships and made three state finals appearances. He was also a part of several other state title teams as a volleyball assistant.

Livingston's departure from Central in late 2015 was highly controversial. After a 3-7 football season in 2015, Livingston was not rehired by the school board. That decision created an uproar in the Central community.

It's a period, however, that Livingston said he "really doesn't think about much anymore."

Instead, he's looking to the future. He said he plans to return to Northern York High School as a football assistant for a third straight season this fall, where he works for former Dover High coach Bill Miller.

Ceremony set: The PSFCA induction ceremony is Saturday, June 16 in Harrisburg. The five coaches also will be honored that day at the Big 33 Football Classic at Central Dauphin's Landis Field.

PSFCA Hall of Fame members are enshrined at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

The last Y-A coach to be inducted into the PSFCA Hall of Fame was South Western's Don Seidenstricker in 2015.

Other coaches selected for the 2018 PSFCA Hall of Fame class are John Wiley, who was a head coach at Danville, Titusville and Clearfield; Susquehanna's Dick Bagnall; Downingtown/Coatesville's John Barr; and Pottsville/Shenandoah Valley's Kevin Keating.

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