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More Signs Pointing to Bob Palko Returning to WPIAL in 2019



All signs are pointing towards Bob Palko’s retirement being a short lived one.

The former West Allegheny coaching great retired following the 2018 season but it appears he still has the itch to remain on the sidelines.

Pittsburgh Sports Now first reported that Palko had talked with the officials at Mt. Lebanon regarding their coaching vacancy and it looks like those talks have progressed. In fact, PSN is being told that an official announcement regarding a deal could come as early as this week.

We’ve also learned of one of interesting development. Last season, West Allegheny hired Kim Niedbala as the coach in waiting as the successor to Palko. PSN has learned that today Niedbala submitted his resignation as head football coach to the West Allegheny school district. We’re told that Niedbala could be joining Palko’s staff at Mt. Lebanon, assuming the deal is completed. In fact, as many as 4 West Allegheny assistants could be going to Mt. Lebanon.

Niedbala is the son of longtime Western Beaver football coach Rich Niedbala.

Palko is one of the most accomplished coaches in WPIAL history, compiling a record of 217-73 and a record eight WPIAL championships while at West Allegheny.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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