Seth Lisa is back in black.
The 29-year-old Northampton Area High School graduate was approved by the Northampton Area School District board Monday night as the new wrestling coach for the Konkrete kids.
“I can’t explain how excited I am to be back at Northampton,” Lisa said. “I can’t wait to continue the traditions and successes of this program and try to live up to them.”
Lisa, a 2006 graduate of West Virginia where he majored in athletic coaching, was a Northampton assistant last season under Terry Daubert, who retired in April after 11 seasons in the job. Lisa was a graduate assistant at Kutztown from 2006 to 2008 and was on the Pen Argyl High School staff from 2008 to 2010.
At Northampton, Lisa was a three-time state medalist (second in 2001 at 130 pounds, third in 2000 at 135 and fifth in 1998 at 119), a Beast of the East champion and a three-time District 11 winner. He finished with 151 career wins.
Lisa, now a social-studies teacher at South Mountain Middle School in the Allentown School District, said he had an idea there may have been an opening at Northampton.
“I kind of knew Mr. Daubert might be getting done, which is kind of why I came back to Northampton,” said Lisa, whose wife, Eileen, was a cheerleader at Easton Area High School. “I was interested immediately in the job when it came open. The idea of coaching at your alma mater is exciting.”
Lisa said that Don Rohn, who had been Daubert’s assistant after leading theNorthampton program for 18 seasons, would not be a member of his staff but that Daubert “would be involved in some capacity.”
“(Daubert) is very willing to help me along the same lines as Coach Rohn
helped him,” Lisa said.
Between them Rohn and Daubert ran of one of the state’s most successful wrestling programs, crowning 18 indivdiual state champions, winning one state dual-meet championship, and seven individual tournament state crowns. Lisa said such a glorious past is an inspiration, not a burden.
“The bar has been set very high for me,” Lisa said. “I don’t think I can ever live up to what Coach Daubert and Coach Rohn have done for the program; they are unique. It’s not about pressure, but we all, all of us involved in Northampton wrestling, have high expectations and I want to do my best to get us to equal those expectations. Everybody has their own way of teaching wrestling, and I certainly want to keep in place the methods that coaches Rohn and Daubert had success with and meet the level of expectation.”