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Seiler takes over at Waynesboro - again

May 24, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Times and places may change, but Darwin Seiler's commitment remains rock solid.

Seiler looked around the town of Waynesboro and its school and figured it was up to him to help make things right.

So, six years after stepping down as the Waynesboro football coach, Seiler accepted the job once again with the hopes to returning the Indians' program to competitive respectability. His notion turned into reality on Tuesday when he was officially voted back into his former position by the Waynesboro Area School Board.

"Well, I'll tell you," Seiler said. "I teach at the school. I live in the community. I see the kids everyday. I just felt that I still wanted to give something back."

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Seiler was an assistant coach at Shippensburg University and has worked with the Indians' track team for the last few years. The step back into football came because of a casual conversation.

"It was kind of funny," Seiler said. "I was sitting in the office with athletic director Dan McLaughin, who I have known for a long time, just shooting the breeze. Then it came up as 'Well, what if ...' Then, I talked to Dan and I felt good about it and I felt good about the administration and decided (to come back)."

Seiler left Waynesboro in 1996 after compiling a 37-58 record, including a Mid-Penn championship with a 9-2 record. In the interim without Seiler, the Indians have compiled a combined 8-52 record under coaches Randy Longnecker and Dave Mahaffey.

Seiler's return allows him to use the knowledge he gained by working with Shippensburg and transfer it to the Indians' program.

"Shippensburg was good for me and coach (Rocky) Rees is a wonderful person," Seiler said. "I worked with some great people and it allowed me some flexibility. I think it rejuvenated me some."

Seiler took the first steps to rekindle the Indians on Wednesday with his first team meeting. On Thursday, weightlifting, the work that all coaches do behind the scenes, began.

"We had our first meeting and 55 players came out through the three grades," Seiler said. "Then we had others get on board (Thursday)."

Seiler's first mission is to try and get the Waynesboro program to believe in itself again.

"I'll tell you, more than anything is to change the attitude of the players, but it is something that will have to go across the board. I only got a chance to see two games last year, but one of the things that was encouraging was that there was always still a good crowd of people at games."

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