August 29, 2017
By: Tom Meikrantz
Rob Melosky won a PIAA football championship as the head coach at Parkland, with a record-setting running back Austin Scott, in 2002. He also enjoyed success at Nazareth for 5 years and led the Blue Eagles to a rare District Title in 2011. Now Melosky, who had some health issues of late, takes over a Pocono Mountain East program that has won just 6 games in the last five years (the school split into east and west in 2003, the last time PME had a winning season).
The Cardinals haven't been a football power since the late 1980's, when they won the school's only District crown in 1988. Whitehall sent a rude welcome back, opening night performance, with a thorough 55-12 dismantling of the Cardinals on PME's home turf this past Friday. It'll be interesting to see if the coach, known for sometimes wearing his emotions on his sleeve, will show patience through the losses this fall and try to make PME a winner in the long-term. Judging from his post-game comments to me after Friday's game, Melosky at least comes across as taking it one game at a time and focusing on the team learning from game-time mistakes.