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Longtime coach and Daniel Boone grad Dennis Iezzi inducted into PSFCA Hall of Fame

Dennis Iezzi, a 1968 Daniel Boone High School and Albright College graduate, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 26 at Cumberland Valley High School.

Iezzi’s coaching career spanned six decades, starting at Donegal High School after graduating from Albright.

In 1980, he became head coach at Bermudian Springs High School, winning eight games his first season.

In 1982, he became head football coach at Middletown Area High School.  Middletown had experienced eight losing seasons in a row.

Under his leadership, three years later the Blue Raiders won the conference championship.

Middletown won the district championship in 1986 and 1988, district runner up in 1991, and five conference championships. In 1988, they finished the season ranked 2nd in the state and in 1989 recorded an undefeated regular season.

Iezzi was named Coach of the Year five times and in 1989 was selected defensive coordinator for the Big 33 game. He finished his career at Middletown with 109 wins, the most wins by a head coach in the school’s history.

While at Middletown, Iezzi was assistant high school principal for 13 years then principal for five years.  As principal, his school wide P.R.I.D.E./T.E.A.M. program gained national recognition as one of the top 6-character education programs in the country. All students were held to the standard “discipline is organization” and understood that faculty and staff seriously cared for them.

Upon leaving Middletown, Iezzi became head football coach and assistant principal at Exeter High School where he ended his high school career with an overall record of 150 wins, 83 losses and 3 ties.

Iezzi left secondary education for Kutztown University as the Golden Bears’ secondary coach, and later became the defensive coordinator for three years with team going 28-8, winning the PSAC championship and qualifying for the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

After stops at Albright College and Alvernia University he finished his coaching career in 2023 as the head coach at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster after three consecutive championship seasons.

Iezzi has also been inducted into the Capitol Area Coach’s Hall of Fame, Daniel Boone High School Hall of Fame, Berks County Hall of Fame, and Middletown Area High School Hall of Fame.

At Daniel Boone, Iezzi earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, winning championships in football and basketball.  His junior and senior year, Iezzi served as team captain and was selected All-Berks County in football and basketball. At Albright, he earned four varsity letters in football and selected the Offensive Player of the Game at Homecoming in 1969.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies were part of the Big 33 weekend at Cumberland Valley.

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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