State High Football: Lintal Tabbed As Little Lion Head Coach
The Little Lions have a new head football coach.
The State College Area School District’s Board of Directors approved Matt Lintal as the new head coach of the Little Lion varsity program late Monday night.
Lintal joined the State College coaching staff in 2010. He served as a 9th grade assistant his first season, followed by three seasons as an assistant with the varsity program, coaching the offensive line. A State College native, Lintal graduated from State College Area High School in 1999 and was a three-year starter and team captain prior to continuing his playing career at Franklin and Marshall College. He was a four-year starter at strong safety and team captain while in college.
Following his playing career, Lintal coached at Bucknell University as an assistant for five seasons. He was the passing game coordinator for the 2009 season.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our student-athletes in this capacity," Lintal said in a statement on Monday. "As an alum of State College Area High School, I accept this challenge with the utmost pride and enthusiasm. With the help of the administration and a great coaching staff beside me, I hope to continue the winning tradition of State College Football, while also helping to produce citizens of empathy and integrity."
"I am thankful to my wife, Jackie, and my entire family for supporting me in this endeavor. I am grateful to all the mentors I have worked with and learned from along the way, including my father, Dave Lintal, my college football coach (Tom Gilburg), and all the coaches I have worked with at both the college and high school ranks. Additionally, I have learned a great deal from Coach Wolski over the last four years and I am honored to follow him as the next head football coach for State College Area High School.”
Lintal will replace long time head coach Al Wolski who retired in December after a ten year tenure at State High. In a fitting twist, Wolski replaced Lintal's father Dave Lintal as head coach in 2004 and led the Little Lions to an 87-42 mark and multiple district titles as a well as a trip to the PIAA state title game in 2009.