Trexler hopes to get Vikings on right track

From Mirror reports

Glendale High School has won just 11 varsity football games over the last six seasons, and the program’s new coach is hoping to right the Vikings’ ship.

Altoona native Dave “Spank” Trexler was hired by the Glendale School Board on Tuesday night and will replace Richard “Pokey” Braniff, who went 4-16 in two seasons.

“I am really looking forward to getting started,” Trexler, 48, said. “The (Inter-County Conference) is a really good conference, and each week will be a challenge. Watching the kids compete in other sports, I know that they can accomplish any goal that they set on the field.”

Trexler is a 1988 Bishop Guilfoyle High School graduate who played on District 6 Class 2A championship teams in 1985 and 1987, a season in which he captained the undefeated team coached by Tom Irwin. He later played at Saint Francis College.

Trexler started his coaching career in the 1990s under Irwin and was offensive coordinator under Marty Georgiana at BG from 2004-10. He also coached in the Altoona Junior High program and played a key role in the Altoona Parochial League after the death of John Conlon.

Trexler and his wife, Shannon, have two sons, Noah, 20, and Caleb, 17. With Caleb set to graduate from BG this year, he said he got the urge to get back into coaching.

“I took some time off to enjoy being able to watch my sons play and enjoy the father-son relationship,” Trexler said. “With my youngest son graduating, I was looking to get back into it. I was offered a couple of spots, and this opportunity arose. I missed the relationships with the players and the coaches.”

Glendale will present somewhat of a challenge, with the program’s last winning season in 2012. Glendale athletic director John Matchock pointed to low numbers having a snowball effect as a reason why.

“Dave is going to bring enthusiasm,” Matchock said. “Hopefully, this is something that will rub off on the kids. I know he is ready to get started.”

Trexler said he is working on putting together a staff.

“I’m really impressed with the spirit and commitment of the Glendale community,” Trexler said. “The administration has been great, especially John Matchock and (superintendent) Ed DiSabato.”