Mt. Lebanon High School football head coach Bob Palko announced his resignation from the program on Friday.
Palko coached four seasons at Mt. Lebanon and led them to a record of 31-14. He saw the most success in 2021, as Mt. Lebanon won all 15 games, including a 47-7 victory over rival Central Catholic in the WPIAL 6A Title game and then a 35-17 win against powerhouse St. Joe’s Prep in the PIAA 6A Title game.
This gave Mt. Lebanon their first WPIAL Title since 2000 and their first ever State Title. Palko earned the Don Shula National Coach of the Year award for 2021.
Before Mt. Lebanon, Palko coached West Allegheny High School for 24 years from 1995-2018. He won eight WPIAL Titles, three PIAA titles and earned a record of 217-70. Palko also won a state title with his son, Tyler Palko, who also played quarterback for Pitt and in the NFL, in 2001.
Palko, who is 63 years old, is retiring to deal with personal and family related matters. His mother died six weeks ago at the age of 96.
He did put his name in for the vacant Pittsburgh Central Catholic job after long time head coach Terry Totten retired in December, but pulled his name out for personal reasons.
Palko holds a 248-84 record as head coach in his 28 seasons as head coach of both West Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon.