Dennis Iezzi has never been a head college football coach.
Still, if anything, Iezzi is overqualified for his new gig as the head man at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
Iezzi was named last month to replace veteran coach Joe Wysock, who retired. Iezzi helped to start the new football program at Alvernia College the past two seasons. He was an assistant to Wysock at Stevens in 2013-14.
“This is a great opportunity,’’ Iezzi said Monday. “I really believe I was put here to help young men, and this is the place for me to do that.’’
Stevens plays in the Seaboard Conference, against other technical and junior colleges, and has a winning tradition.
It has only one losing season, and 10 Seaboard championships, this century.
Further, the current American economy is kind to job candidates with the kind of technical training Stevens provides. The school has been named the top technical college in Pennsylvania the past five years, and Iezzi said, “it’s probably one of the top technical schools in the country.’’
As a college assistant coach for 13 years at Kutztown, Albright and Alvernia, he’s an experienced recruiter.
On a wall in his office is a large whiteboard filled with names of returning players and potential ones.
“The whole tech school education system is changing,’’ he said. “You’re getting some really competitive, good students. That’s pretty neat. This is a great opportunity.
“We want our young men to come in and get an associates degree, so that they can start work right away and have a high-paying job after two years of education.’’
Asked about his coaching style, Iezzi didn’t mention Xs and Os. Or any football.
“I want to bring a staff in that coaches by building relationships with players,’’ he said. “I want to have things organized to the point where that structure helps create discipline and that discipline doesn’t only affect the athletic arena but the academic arena and the social arena.’’
For that staff, Iezzi can, and already has, picked from a considerable coaching tree.
Iezzi is a Berks countian who attended Daniel Boone High and Albright College.
Out of college, he landed a job teaching and coaching at Donegal under the late Gayne Deschler, whom he described as, “my mentor. … We were connected.’’
Then he was the head coach at Bermudian Springs, Middletown and Exeter.
At Middletown, he took a program that had had eight straight losing seasons and built a power than won five league and two district titles, and gave then-nationally- ranked Berwick a fight in an epic 16-12 loss in the 1988 Class AAA semifinals.
Current Stevens assistants Tony Miller and Joe Ganse are staying on.
Denauld Brown, an all-American under Iezzi at Kutztown, is joining the staff. So is another Deschler guy, Jeff Polites, the former Donegal and Elizabethtown coach who was out of the game last year.
Brett Myers, under whom Middletown is a state power again, is a former Iezzi lieutenant.
Former Manheim Township coach Mike Vertucci, Hempfield assistant Bob Shipp, Exeter headman Matt Bauer, Exeter assistant Todd Kleinfelter, former Northern Lebanon coach Carl Fischl, former Hempfield coach and district superintendent Bob Wildasin … all Iezzi guys.
Iezzi himself is 68, an age when many accomplished men are slowing down.
“I don’t think of age,’’ he said. “I think of how I want to live my life, and this is how I want to live my life.’’