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Plewa decides he, Northgate are a fit

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

By Mike White, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Bob Plewa won't give his age.

"Let's put it this way. I'm not over the hill. I'm at the top and looking down," Plewa said.

But he's still not too old to coach again.

Plewa is coming out of retirement to become the new boys' basketball coach at Northgate High School. He was hired Monday night and takes over for John Fitsioris, who resigned.

Plewa might be the Michael Jordan of WPIAL basketball. He keeps coming out of retirement, but with a sense of humor.

"I make just as much money as Jordan, too," Plewa said.

Plewa coached Brentwood for 20 seasons and had a 395-182 record with 10 section titles. He retired as a teacher and coach in 1999 before becoming Ambridge's coach. He was turning around a losing Bridgers program when he retired in the middle of the 2001-02 season.

"I was burned out," Plewa said.

Now, the coaching fire is burning again.

"This summer, I spent every day with my wife and I read 97 books," Plewa said. "After spending so much time with her, I'd actually marry that lady. I missed so much with her. But she's not going to retire as a teacher at Brentwood for another two years. I still have the passion to coach and then this [Northgate job] came up.

"The thing about it is it's a good fit. The administrators and I have the same philosophy. I'm not going to play 60 summer league games like some people. That has to stop. They don't want that, and I don't want it."

Morton hired

Woodland Hills has hired Korie Morton as girls' basketball coach. Her philosophy might be "Do as I did." Morton is Woodland Hills' all-time leading scorer and led the Wolverines to the 1997 WPIAL Class AAAA championship.

Orstein to Tennessee

Mt. Lebanon's Kaitlyn Orstein, one of the best swimmers in the state, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee.

Mike White can be reached at or 412-263-1975.

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