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Meet Our Coaches

Flyers Organization Head Coach + Flyers Team Head Coach:
Shawn Mele

In 2006, Shawn started his coaching career for wrestling and has since coached for 10 years. 

In 2009, he started coaching football for Freeport Youth Football, and coached for three years. He also served as president of FYF 2010 -2012.
Shawn moved to Burrell in 2012 and coached the Recruits for 3 years. He was the Head coach of the Cadets in 2015 and 2016.The Cadets won the Superbowl each year!

In 2019, Shawn took over as head coach of the Flyers organization and head coach of the flyers team. As his first year as head coach he helped the team win the Superbowl!

Shawn has been married for 21 years to his wife, Jessica, and they have three children: Amber, Austin and Aaron. He is the proud grandfather to a grandson, Nash!

"Besides my love of the game of football, I enjoy spending time with my family and watch my children grow into to wonderful young adults."

Flyers Team Coaches:

Austin Mele started playing football when he was 9 years old, 3 of them was for the Flyers, his positions were center and middle linebacker. He then went on to play at the varsity level for 4 years and started three years on both sides of the ball. At the varsity level, he also started as center and middle linebacker. He had the second most tackles playing as a linebacker on the team his sophomore and junior year, and he led the defense with 98 tackles and five fumble recoveries as a senior.

He was named defense- player of the year and made the Valley News Dispatch Football All-Stars team for both positions!

He has 10 years of football playing experience and has been a 3-sport athlete for as long as he can remember. You name the sport and he has played it!

The three sports he stuck with the longest were football, rugby and wrestling. For rugby, he played for two state championships and his junior year, his team was ranked top 10 in the state. For wrestling, he is a two-time state qualifier with an 8th place state medalist his senior year. 

Currently, he is a Division II wrestler at Seton Hill University!  Last year, he coached for the Flyers level and was the offensive coordinator and helped the Flyers  get to the Superbowl. The Flyers had the most points scored in the league and went on to win the 2019 Superbowl!


Other coaches:
Brian Carney
Cliff McKay

Cadets Team Coaches

Head Coach, Cadets Team

Chris Lowe

Chris has played football for 8 years. He has been a youth football coach for 10 years, is a 5-time Superbowl Champion and a 3-time Superbowl Runner-Up!

He has been married to his wife, Tammy for 15 years and is the proud father of three children, Olivia, Abagail and Griffin.
His hobbies include: fishing, hunting and coaching football, baseball and softball.

"My motto is play for the name on the front of your jersey: Represent the name on the back."

Jim Zaremba
is entering his 2nd year of coaching for the Cadets, and has been part of the Flyers organization for 4 years. He played football for 4 years while attending Valley High School in New Kensington. He resides in Lower Burrell with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Abby, who has been a cheerleaders for the Recruits for the last three years and will now be cheering on the Cadets! Jim enjoys every aspect of coaching, but most of all, enjoys helping the kids achieve their goals.

Jamie Stiveson has coached youth football for AVYFA from 2013 to 2019 and was on the board as head of Field and Equipment. He moved to Burrell in august of 2019 and started communicating with the Burrell coaching staff about interest in coaching. Jamie has been married to Melissa Ireland for 21 years and they have three children: Zachary (17), Madison (15) and Nicholas (9), who will be playing for the Recruits this season! Jamie looks forward to coaching and meeting new faces this season.

Other Cadets Coach:
Bob Maloney

Recruits Team Coaches

Head Coach, Recruits Team
Josh Pollino

Josh joined the Lower Burrell Flyers organization as an assistant coach for the Recruits when his step son Kolton began as a player in 2018. As a second-year assistant coach in 2019, the Recruits brought home the championship in the Super Bowl. Josh was then asked to take the Head Coach position for the 2020 Recruits and he gladly accepted. 

Josh lives at home with his wife Amber and their 3 children; Brylee, Kolton and their new addition to the Pollino family, Lexie. Josh is also involved in coaching Kolton’s in house baseball team and his 8u tournament baseball team as an assistant coach. When Josh is not on the football or baseball field, he runs a family business with his dad; Pollino Electric. 

Josh has over 15 years of playing experience. He began his career has a running back and a defensive end playing for Ar-Ken’s midget football team. He then continued his career at Burrell high school in the same positions. 

Josh is excited to be the head coach of the Recruits for the 2020 season and is striving to bring home the championship two years in a row. His motto for the year is to have as much fun as possible and to win while doing it. 

Jared Abraham was born and raised in Lower Burrell. While growing up, he played football for the Cadets. He also played in junior high and high school. Now, he and his wife are raising their young son in Lower Burrell. His son starting playing for the Lower Burrell Recruits in 2019.
Although he was the youngest and smallest on the team, he had a noticeable heart for the game.

Loving the game as much as his son, Jared has decided to start his first year of football coaching in the 2020 season. Jared has three years experience coaching baseball at the YMCA. He was also an assistant coach for Lower Burrell Little League. Even when he was not coaching, he was always on the field assisting the young players.

Jared is excited to have the opportunity to coach with the Flyers organization while helping the young players develop physically and mentally.

Other Coaches:

Brad Hazlett
Todd Brown
Jared Thompson

Plebes Coaches
Bill Nuttall, Head Coach
Cody Nolen
Dan Alcorn

Flyers Organization Head Cheer Coach + Cheer Coordinator 
Melanie Nuttall

Flyers Team Head Cheer Coach + Assistant Cheer Coordinator
Sharon Ondo

Head Cheer Coach - Flyers
Sharon Ondo

Sharon was the Recruits Cheer Mom for the past two season. She watched the girls grow as a squad, cheer on their team to win a Super Bowl, and compete in their first cheer competiton.  But this season she is really excited about her new role as Cadets Head Coach!

"Along with my daughter, Grace, I have really enjoyed being a part of this great organization.  We cant wait to see all of our Flyers friends and welcome new ones!!  GO CADETS!!" 

Head Cheer Coach - Recruits


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