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Bellefonte names Vaughn Donmoyer as new football coach

TIM WEIGHT/For The Express Bellefonte cheerleaders lead the Raiders football team onto the field during a game last year. Bellefonte will have a new coach this fall in Vaughn Donmoyer.

For more than 20 years Vaughn Donmoyer dreamed of strolling the sidelines as a high school football coach. That dream came to life last month as Donmoyer was named as Bellefonte’s 28th coach.

The Bellefonte school board announced Donmoyer’s position at a meeting in late April.

Donmoyer–who spent the last few seasons as an assistant at Bald Eagle Area–takes over for Shannon Manning, who led the Raiders for the past eight seasons.

“It was challenging,” Donmoyer said regarding his departure from BEA. “I have a really good relationship with coach (Jesse) Nagle. We coached in junior high together and three years ago he asked me to coach varsity with him. It’s a really good relationship–I love the kids over there–they’re really good kids. It was a goal of mine to be a head coach one day and it’s a great opportunity for me to coach where I teach.”

Donmoyer currently teaches woodworking and pre-engineering at Bellefonte High School. According to Bellefonte Athletic Director Deb Moore, Donmoyer’s position within the school distict goes a long way in terms of community involvement.

“He is in the school, and he already has connections with the players and the community,” Moore said.

A strong relationship between the Bellefonte community and its football program is something Donmoyer values as he inherits a team that has accumulated 21 wins over the course of the lastthree seasons.

“I’m extremely excited in terms of trying to get more kids out into the program and having the program be seen in the community, not just Friday nights. I’m hoping to have the athletes really connect with the community and help serve the community,” Donmoyer said.

Moore pointed to Donmoyer’s enthusiasm for the game of football, his desire to coach and be a responsible citizen as to reasons why he was offered the position.

Despite being named Bellefonte’s new leader just a few weeks ago, Donmoyer has a vision for the Raiders as they take the field underneath the Rogers Stadium lights this coming fall.

“I want the kids playing hard, I want the kids playing fast. I want them to be able to know what they’re doing. I would love to have as many players as possible, I would love to have as many players being able to play Friday nights. Even if it’s just little, specific roles. I want every athlete on the team to know they have a role.”

The Raiders finished the 2020 season with a record of 3-4. After an 0-3 start, Bellefonte managed to win three of its last four games.

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