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Matt Raich

Football ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Since Chuck Noll transformed the Pittsburgh Steelers from loveable losers to one of the NFLís most successful franchises, only two Beaver County natives served as assistant coaches. Matt Raich began his gridiron career at Monaca High School (1986-1989), where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball, and earned All Conference or All Section honors in each sport. In football, Matt was named first team All Conference as a running back and linebacker, Conference MVP, first team Small School All State, and won the Beaver County Times Traveling Trophy (presented to the player in the paperís circulation area with the most points in a season). Over the summer of 1989, he earned MVP honors in the Penn-Ohio State Line Classic, then went on to Westminster College, where he became one of that schoolís most decorated players, and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame. He lettered four years as a middle linebacker (including three seasons as a starter) and finished his collegiate career as the leading tackler in school history (396 solo, 243 assists), earning three NAIA All American awards and Kodak Small College All American as a senior. His Westminster teams won 42 of 48 games, including the NAIA National Championship in 1989. Matt then served as an assistant coach at Westminster, Glenville State (WV), and Robert Morris University, and later joined the Steelers in 2002 via a two year internship in the scouting department. Mattís brother, Mike, was a notable member of the Cornell University football team.