2021 PTHS Football Coaches

2021 Coaching Staff

Left to Right: Nick Milchovich, Clayton Evans, Darrin “Mac” McMillon, TJ Plack, Moe Richardson, Tim Burchett
Not Pictured: Troy Grunseth, Christian Breisinger, Steve Macri, Aaron Vannatter, Tim Swoope, Joe Farcas

TJ Plack

Coach T.J. Plack – Head Coach

Coach Plack is returning for his 6th consecutive season as Head Coach of the Indians and 24th year overall. Coach Plack started this coaching career at South Fayette High School as the Wide Receiver and DB Coach 1998-2001 and then the Head Coach 2002-2006 leading the Lions to 3 playoff appearances. Coach Plack then became the OC at Peters Township High School 2007-2010 under Head Coach Nick Milchovich. Coach then moved on to the RBs and Special Teams Coach at Bethel Park High School 2011-2013 and then the OC position at Ringgold High School 2014-2015 before returning to Peters Township. Coach Plack played football for South Fayette High School and Duquesne University.

Following the historic 2018 season in which the Indians won their first conference title in over 40 years and advance to the WPIAL Semi-Finals, in 2019 and 2020 Coach Plack and his staff, led the PT Indians to their second and third consecutive conference titles and the Indians first and second ever WPIAL Championship Game appearances.

Coach Plack looks forward to enjoying his Friday nights with his family in the stands or as a water boy/girl on the sidelines. Outside of football, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially the summer months of camping and swimming with his children. Coach Plack is a Special Education and Math Teacher at Peters Township High School.

Moe Richardson

Coach Moe Richardson

Coach Moe is returning for his 6th consecutive year of coaching at Peters Township. He had previously coached the PT Indians for a span of four years, so this year will be his 10th year with PT Football. Coach Moe has also coached at South Fayette High School, Penn Hills High School and Mount Lebanon High School.

Coach Moe appreciates seeing the boys develop athletically and watching the boys mature into men. He is also proud to have coached some players who have found success in the NFL. When not coaching, Coach Moe enjoys riding his motorcycle and hunting. He is employed by the PA Department of Corrections.

Coach Troy Grunseth

Coach Grunseth is returning for his 6th consecutive season with Peters Township Football. Coach Grunseth has over 20 years of coaching experience and has coached at Penn Hills High School, Mt. Lebanon High School, Canon-McMillan High School, and South Fayette High School to name a few.

Coach Grunseth was named team MVP and earned all county LB selection as a high school football player and continued his football career at Duquesne University.

When not coaching, you can find Coach Grunseth relaxing in his pool or on vacation with his wife Heather. He works in the Career Development department at the Pittsburgh Technical College.

McMillon

Coach Darrin “Mac” McMillon

Coach Mac is returning for his 7th season with Peters Township Football and his 24th year of coaching. He was the DC with Mt. Lebanon HS 2012-2014, coached DL at North Allegheny HS 2005-2009, coached both OL and DL at Washington High School 2004, coached DL at California University of PA 2003, coached at Washington and Jefferson College under John Banaszak from 2000-2003, after starting his coaching career at Chartiers Valley HS in 1998. Mac was an Offensive Lineman for Lake Brantley HS in Altamonte Springs FL and a 4-year starter at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He also played in the Professional Indoor Football League with the Steel Valley Smash and Ohio Valley Greyhounds.

His greatest football moment as a player was winning the WVIAC Conference Championship in 1995 at West Virginia Wesleyan College under HC Bill Struble. When not coaching football, Mac and his wife Shelley enjoy spending time with their four sons; laughing with them and watching the boys excel in their individual sports. Their oldest son and his former player Donovan currently plays safety for the University of Florida. Mac is in his 24th year of teaching 9th grade American History and Government for the North Allegheny School District.

Coach Christian Breisinger

Coach Breisinger returns to Peters Township Football for his 4th year of coaching. Previously he served as interim coach at Carmichaels Area High School. He played QB, LB, and Safety at Thomas Jefferson High School, earning First Team Big 9 Safety honors. He also played high school basketball and grad-uated from TJ in 2014. Coach Breisinger continued his football career at Waynesburg University playing QB, WR, and Safety.

Coach Breisinger’s favorite football memory is coaching in the comeback from behind win against Gateway in the WPIAL Semifinals of the 2020 season. Coach Breisinger currently works for Sunbelt Rentals – Shoring Solutions and enjoys playing golf with friends in his spare time.

Coach Tim Burchett

Coach Burchett is returning for his 5th year of coaching at Peters Township. Coach Burchett brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Indians, having coached offensive lines at these high schools: Trinity, Bethel Park, Canon McMillon, Chartiers Valley and Washington. He was a starter on the offensive line and a captain of his Trinity HS football team.

Coach Burchett loves working with the players and strives to have a positive impact on the future generations of leaders both on and off the field. When not coaching, Coach is teaching in the Derry Area School District.

Coach Steve Macri

Coach Macri is returning for his 5th year at Peters Township High School. Coach Macri was a three year starter at Mohawk High School from 1992-1994 and a senior captain. He was named to the All Mac Conference team as a wide receiver both his junior and senior years. Additionally, Coach Macri was selected to play in the Western PA North South All Star Game in 1994.

Coach Macri believes that we have a great group of Indians players and feels honored to be able to coach them each day. When not coaching, Coach Macri loves spending time with his daughter and family. He works in the Admission department at the Pittsburgh Technical College.

Aaron Vannatter

Coach Aaron Vannatter

This is Coach Vannatter’s 3rd year of coaching with Peters Township Football. He brings with him years of football playing experience. Over the course of his playing career in high school and at Westminster College, playing Guard and Defensive Tackle positions, Vannatter was recognized multiple times as a 1st Team All-Academic, All-Conference and All-District Player, and All-Ohio Honorable Mention.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany and English Bulldog, Willa. When he’s not working at the UPMC Hillman Center in their Clinical Research Services department, he enjoys cooking, golfing, and playing sports. Coach Vannatter is eager to work with the players and help them fine tune their skills as football players and help them along their athletic journey.

Coach Nick Milchovich

Coach Milchovich is entering his 23rd year of coaching high school football. Nick is a graduate of Charleroi High School. He began coaching at California High School as an assistant coach (1994-1999). Nick has served as the head football coach at California (2000), Charleroi (2003-2006), Peters Township (2007-2010), and Ringgold High School (2014-2017).

Coach Milchovich is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a BS in secondary education (Mathematics). Nick is beginning his 25th year of teaching mathematics at Peters Township High School. Coach Milchovich enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Nick, his wife Christine, and their two children reside in Venetia.

Tim Swoope

Coach Tim Swoope

This is Coach Swoope’s first time coaching as part of the PT Indians Coaching staff. He finished his football career in 2018, playing wide receiver for Washington and Jefferson College. He previously was a member of the PT Indians football team from 2011 to 2015. He has loved football since he was little and is excited for this upcoming season.

He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His other favorite past times are golfing, watching Pittsburgh sports, and ATV riding. He is thrilled to help coach this group of PT Indians and is looking forward to seeing how much fun they will have together and as a unit on the field.

Clayton Evans

Coach Clayton Evans

Coach Evans is new to the staff this year, starting his 1st season as linebackers coach for the Indians. An Alumni of PTHS and member of the 2012 graduating class, Coach Evans played for a number of the coaches currently on staff. While at Peters, he earned team captain honors and was a 2-time All-Conference selection at Defensive Line.

After PTHS, Coach Evans went on to play collegiately for Notre Dame College and John Carol University. At John Carol University he again was voted as team captain and was an All-OAC selection for Defensive Line. When not coaching, he loves hiking, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

Joe Farcas

Coach Joe Farcas

Coach Macri is returning for his 5th year at Peters Township High School. Coach Macri was a three year starter at Mohawk High School from 1992-1994 and a senior captain. He was named to the All Mac Conference team as a wide receiver both his junior and senior years. Additionally, Coach Macri was selected to play in the Western PA North South All Star Game in 1994.

Coach Macri believes that we have a great group of Indians players and feels honored to be able to coach them each day. When not coaching, Coach Macri loves spending time with his daughter and family. He works in the Admission department at the Pittsburgh Technical College.