Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School announced that head coach Terry Totten is retiring on Thursday.
He announced his decision during a team meeting on Thursday and thanked everyone for their support. “Thanks to the hundreds of fantastic young men I have had the honor to coach,” Totten put in a written message.
Totten played four years for the Vikings and graduated in 1976. He returned back to the school in 2002 and served as defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 2005.
As head coach, Totten led Central Catholic to two PIAA State Championships in 2007 and 2015. He also won six WPIAL Titles, taking home the Class 4A titles in 2007, 2013 and 2015 and getting three Class 6A titles in 2016, 2019 and 2020.
Totten coached four current NFL players in Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, Cincinnati Bengals long snapper Cal Adomitis, Indianapolis Colts safety Rodney Thomas and Houston Texans defensive lineman Kurt Hinish. All four of these players played a part in the 2015 state title, with Hamlin graduating in 2016 and Adomitis, Thomas and Hinish graduating in 2017. He also coached former offensive lineman in Stefan Wisniewski, who played across the league for 10 seasons.
“Coach Totten has been an integral part of the Central Catholic Football tradition for many years,” said Central Catholic’s Principal Brother Mike Andrejko. “We are grateful for his service and devotion to our young men as well as his commitment of excellence to the program.”
The storied high school now looks for their next leader after losing in the WPIAL 6A Final this season to North Allegheny.