GREENSBURG — Bret Colbert, who has 15 years of college and high school football coaching experience with the previous two years as an assistant at Greensburg Central Catholic, is in his first year as head coach at GCC.
He accepted the position earlier this year after Aaron Smetanka was named coach at Saint Vincent College. Colbert served as wide receivers coach at GCC the past two seasons under Smetanka. The Centurions were 7-3 last year and are 2-1 this season.
“I am pleased and excited Bret has accepted the head football coaching position at Greensburg Central Catholic,” Mahoney said. “His experience, knowledge and background makes him a great fit for our school community.”
Prior to joining the GCC staff, Colbert was a defensive assistant, wide receivers coach and a recruiting coordinator at Duquesne University for three seasons (2014-16). The Dukes were NEC champs in 2015 and 2016.
“I am looking forward to continuing our growth and success on the field, in the classroom and in the community at GCC,” Colbert said. “I have enjoyed working with these young men the past two seasons and am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue mentoring them as the head football coach.”
Colbert’s coaching experience includes seven seasons on the staff at Saint Vincent College (2007-13) as an assistant coach, video coordinator and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2011; as an offensive assistant and video coordinator at Cornell University in 2006; and as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh (2004-05). Pitt was 2004 Big East co-champions and played in the Fiesta Bowl that season.
The Harrisonburg, Va., native played wide receiver at William & Mary (A-10 champions in 2001) and Bridgewater College, Va., where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in health and exercise science. Bridgewater was 23-3, two-time conference champions and two-time NCAA playoff participant during his playing days.
Colbert is an abstractor for Penns Woods Property Searches in Greensburg. He and his wife, Allison, live in Greensburg with their three children.