New Castle, DE- Matthew Sabol has been named head football coach at William Penn High School (WPHS). Sabol, a math teacher for 13 years at WPHS has worked in some capacity with the football team since being hired, with his most recent position as a four-year defensive coordinator for the varsity team.

“This has been a lifelong goal of mine. The kids here have been so good to me and I just can’t wait to give back to them,” Sabol said.

Sabol will replace Marvin Dooley who was the Colonials’ head football coach for five years and led the team to win the state championship in 2014.

“There have been a lot of strong figures in that position, it’s exciting and challenging!” Sabol said.

Sabol has already started practices with the team and acknowledges he and the team will need some time to rebuild because many starting varsity players recently graduated.

“We lost a lot of playing experience, but we’ve got some great kids that have played some varsity time…we just have to put in the work and we’ll just keep picking up on the tradition that’s been built. It’s a new start for everybody which is a great thing too!” he said.

Principal Dr. Brian Erskine says he has great confidence in Sabol and is looking forward to exciting games next season.

“Matt bleeds cherry red and black and has earned the respect of our players and coaching staff. He has the leadership abilities needed to win games and ultimately another state championship,” Erskine said.

The Colonials’ first home game is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 1:00 pm.