As first announced by Port Allegany head football coach Mike Bodamer at the postseason banquet in January, he and his staff have been invited to coach the Pennsylvania squad in the 40th annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic. The full press release:
The Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic announced the coaches for the 40th annual Big 30 Classic to be played at Bradford’s Parkway Field on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
The coaching staff for the New York All Stars will be directed by Chad Lyter, head coach of football at Allegany-Limestone Central School. He will be assisted by Eric Hemphill, Glenn Anderson and Paul Furlong.
Chad is a resident of Allegany and has taught biology/ anatomy and physiology at the school for 31 years. He has been head football coach for four years and was an assistant for 15 years prior to that. He has also been head boys basketball coach for 16 years, boys JV for six years, girls modified and girls JV basketball for one year each. Chad and his wife Geraldine have three children, Kristen, 28; Brian, 26 and Katie, 17.
Eric Hemphill played football and basketball at ALCS. He is in his third year as head baseball coach and has been an assistant football coach for five years. Eric is employed at Dresser-Rand in Olean.
Glenn Anderson is a Physical Education teacher at ALCS and is currently the head varsity boys’ basketball coach. He has been an assistant football coach at the school for nine years.
Paul Furlong has been a physical education teacher at ALCS for five years. He returns to the Gators as girls head softball coach. He previously was the head football coach here and at Salamanca Central School over the last three years and had been an assistant football coach for 12 years.
The Pennsylvania team will be coached by the Port Allegany staff that took their team deep into the state playoffs in 2012.
Mike Bodamer has been a teacher at Port Allegany for 25 years. He has been head coach of varsity football for eight years and worked as an assistant for 13 years prior to that. Mike and his wife Judy have 3 children; Samantha, 23; Ryan, 21 and Matt, 18. They reside in Port Allegany.
Jason Luther is a resident of Portville, NY and has been an elementary teacher for five years. He has been an assistant coach for five years as well. Jason and his wife Amanda have two children; Caleb, 9 and Averi, a newborn.
Nate Zitnik is also an elementary education teacher and has been for seven years. He has been an assistant coach of football for all of those seven years and has been head coach of baseball for the Gators for the last five years. Nate is single and lives in Roulette.
Justin Bienkowski has taught high school social studies at Port Allegany for 10 years. He has been an assistant football coach for nine years. Justin and his wife Ashley are the parents of a two-year-old daughter, Sophia.
All the coaches, players, cheerleaders, homecoming queens and mascots will be introduced to the media and to the public on Press Day and Family Appreciation Day on May 19, 2013 at McDowell Athletic Center on the Campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a brief orientation for all participants in the game. A brunch will then be made available in the dining hall after which players will be fitted with their game uniforms and then made available to the press and to parents and the public for photos and interviews. Players are asked to bring their pads and cheerleaders their uniforms. Queens should bring their dresses. Facilities for changing clothes will be available.