Guy Montecalvo, who came to Canon-McMillan School District in the summer of 2003 as the football coach and athletic director after a 23-year run as Washington High School’s football and track coach, will enter the WPIAL Hall of Fame as a coach in June.
Montecalvo also was an outstanding athlete at Washington in football and track and field.
In all, he coached 30 seasons and led Canon-McMillan to a school-record eight wins twice in his seven seasons. In his first season, Canon-McMillan won its first seven games.
The Big Macs defeated Trinity for their eighth win and Montecalvo’s 200th overall. Canon-McMillan qualified for the WPIAL playoffs before losing to Penn Hills, 35-27.
In his second season at the helm, Canon-McMillan qualified for the WPIAL playoffs and won its first post-season game with a victory over Belle Vernon. Included in that season was a thrilling, double-overtime win over highly-regarded McKeesport.
“Those were two really fun years,” Montecalvo said. “I’ve said many times, the McKeesport game was one of the most, if not the most, exciting and gratifying games I was part of in my career. It was such an exciting game and we pulled it out. We scored on the last play of the game to send it into overtime. It was really a special game.”
The 13th annual WPIAL Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held June 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 500 Mansfield Street, Pittsburgh.
Montecalvo becomes the third person associated with Canon-McMillan to enter the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Previously, Manuel Pihakis (wrestling) and Chris Mary (coaching wrestling) were inducted.
Montecalvo, a rare coach in Pennsylvania to have won PIAA championships in football (2001) and track and field (1996) at Washington, is the Little Prexies’ all-time winningest football coach with a 192-71-1 record in 23 seasons with two WPIAL Class AA championships – 1993 and 2001.
Twenty-one of his 30 teams (Washington and Canon-McMillan combined) qualified for the WPIAL playoffs. He led Washington to six WPIAL championship games.
Montecalvo’s 30-year football coaching record is 216-97-2. He had more than 150 wins as Washington’s track coach, producing several PIAA champions and medal winners.
“I am very grateful,” Montecalvo said. “This would not have been possible without the great assistant coaches who I was blessed to work with and certainly a testimony to the young men and women who played for me and gave the opportunity and privilege to coach. I am stunned and overjoyed because the WPIAL has had so many great athletes, coaches and contributors. Nothing like this would have been possible, coaching two sports, without a supportive wife (Marie).”
He added that his time at Canon-McMillan rejuvenated him and the many members of his staff who joined him with the Big Macs.
“Anytime you have new beginning, there is a freshness and excitement about it,” Montecalvo said. “You can get stale when you have been somewhere for 23 years. We were received so well by the Canonsburg and Canon-McMillan community. I loved the people I worked for who brought us down there. We had some great kids to work with. I made lasting friendships and made a lot of good friends in the Canon-McMillan School District.”
Montecalvo was an All-WPIAL football player at Washington and a Big 33 selection. He was a two-time WPIAL sprint champion.
He will join his son, James, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 26, in the WPIAL Hall of Fame. James Montecalvo was inducted posthumously as a courage award recipient in 2010.
“I can’t begin to live up to the things he did throughout his short life,” Montecalvo said. “He’s been in my Hall of Fame since he was a little boy. Anything I achieved pales in comparison to what he did. He is one of the toughest people I have ever been around.”