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2020 marks Roger Beitel's 17th season heading the Ligonier Valley football program. Coach Beitel is Ligonier Valley's all-time wins leader, longest , and most successful football coach in Ligonier Valley history.
Through the 2018 season, Beitel has directed the team to a 116-52 record, the school's first two PIAA District 6 Championships, five undefeated Heritage Conference Championships, two first place conference ties, four Western Pennsylvania Coaches Association Championships, eleven PIAA District 6 playoff appearances, the most post-season victories in school history; including the only playoff victories on historic Weller Field. Ligonier Valley teams have qualified for playoffs eleven times in the last 15 years. The eleven playoff appearances are the most by any coach in school history. Coach Beitel was the 2016 PSFCA District 6 Coach of the Year, 2016 Indiana Gazette and Tribune-Democrat Coach of the Year, and WHVL Coach of the Year Finalist. In the spring of 2017 he represented the program after being selected to coach in the PSFCA East-West All Star game in which the West was victorious. In addition, Coach Beitel was a finalist for the U.S. Army PA High School Coach of the Year after the 2011 season and has been a finalist for the coach of the year award following the 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018 seasons.
The 2016 to 2018 seasons are the most successful in Ligonier Valley High School history. The Rams have compiled a 39-3 record on their way to capturing Three Consecutive Heritage Conference, Appalachian Bowl and Western PA Football AA Championships. Appeared in three consecutive PIAA District 6 AA Championships, winning two; and PIAA State Semi-Final and quarterfinals appearances.
The football program under Coach Beitel has produced many highly decorated players. Through the 2018 season, the program has provided the college football ranks with thirty-one players ranging from the Division I to the Division III ranks. Numerous players have received full athletic scholarships or generous grant packages for their football talents. A 2013 graduate Micah Tennant was awarded the NCAA Division I FCS student-athlete of the year award based on his academic and athletic success at Lehigh University. A 2014 graduate Alec Bloom was named to the John Mackey watch list entering his senior season at the University of Connecticut and played in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals. 2017 graduate Collin Smith earned a full scholarship to West Virginia University and transferred to Lackawanna Junior College to pursue his passion to play quarterback. Jackson Daugherty accepted an athletic scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania and is contributing on offense and Aaron Tutino will be continuing his career as a member of the St. Francis Red Flash after accepting his full scholarship in December of 2018.
In addition to the college players, the football program has also developed many players into all-state performers. Since 2004, the football program has secured 48 selections to all-state teams, including 24 first team selections on A and AA teams. The 2019 team returns one all-state player; Michael Petrof.
The recognition for the players in the program is far and wide. Ligonier Valley players have been named "Players of the Year" by various newspapers and media outlets 17 times since 2004. Aaron Tutino was named the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Tribune-Democrat and Indiana Gazette. In 2017, Jackson Daugherty was named Player of the Year by the Tribune-Democrat and Offensive Player of the Year by the Indiana Gazette. In 2016, Collin Smith and Elijah Parrish received nine Player of the Year honors between them. Collin Smith received three Football Player of the Year Awards and Elijah Parrish received three Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Collin Smith was selected to the PSFCA East-West All-Star game in 2017 but not participate due to college commitments. In 2014, Alec Bloom reached the peak of recognition by being named to and participating in the Pennsylvania Big 33 Game vs. Maryland. The Ken Lantzy Finest Forty All-Star game is one of the most prestigious all-star games in Pennsylvania, and Ligonier Valley players have been a huge part of the games success. A total of 42 players have been selected to play in the past 15 games. Eight players have received ten scholarships for their academic, leadership, and performance in the game, including four players receiving MVP scholarships. Additionally, Ligonier Valley was represented in the Foothills Classic in the summer of 2018.
Roger Beitel’s teams have been dominant over the past fifteen years. The defense has been stifling and the offenses have been explosive. Defensively, Ligonier Valley teams have ranked as the number one overall defense eight times and led the conference in points allowed for six consecutive seasons. The defenses have recorded 42 shutouts over the past 15 seasons. Offensively, the teams have set every offensive record possible. Coach Beitel's teams hold the top five spots all-time for team scoring. The Ligonier Valley offense has produced nine 1,000 yard rushers since 2004, including the school’s season record breaking effort of 1,561 yards by Kyrie Miller in 2018. The offense has five 1,000 yard passers. In 2016, Collin Smith became the schools most prolific passer threwing for 3,011 yards and 42 TD's. The offenses have been the top offenses in the conference eight times and have led the conference in rushing five times and passing five times. The offense has produced the conference’s top scoring offense for six consecutive seasons (2013-18).
|1995-2000||Defensive Coordinator (North Star HS)|
|1994-1995||Offensive Line, Defensive Line (Home-Center HS)|
|1993-1994||Linebackers Coach (Gettysburg College)|
|1992-1993||Assistant Linebackers Coach (Lebanon Valley College)|
Varsity Coaching Records
Varsity Playoff Records
Varsity Opponent Records
|Bald Eagle Area||1||1||0||0.500|
|Baltimore Freedom Academy||1||0||0||1.000|
|Shady Side Academy||1||0||0||1.000|