Big Spring has its new football coach, and it’s a face familiar in the high school hallways.
The Big Spring School Board approved Joe Sinkovich as the Bulldogs new head coach Monday during the district’s school board meeting. He will take on a dual role as athletic director and head football coach in the district.
Sinkovich was hired as AD at Big Spring in the summer of 2017, taking over for Jay Hockenbroch. Sinkovich now steps in as football coach to replace Cory Hoffman, who led the Bulldogs for four years before resigning in December.
“My plan is to stay around and continue to build the program and move it into a positive direction,” Sinkovich said. “The way you’re successful is to have someone in there [for a while].”
Sinkovich said Wednesday morning he was not among the original list of candidates wo applied for the open coaching position. He was part of the hiring committee that looked at several candidates since the job became available in mid-December.
But several candidates dropped out the day before interviews began, Sinkovich said, and the remaining candidates who were interviewed didn’t match what the committee was looking for.
The committee then approached Sinkovich about him applying. He eventually agreed to apply and was approved Monday night.
Sinkovich said part of why he was asked to coach was because he has been at the school and around the program since he was hired away from Cedar Cliff in 2017. He is familiar with the players, facilities and community.
He said he told Big Spring administrators when he applied as AD two years ago he was willing to do whatever was needed to help the school — this is a perfect example in his mind.
He said he can handle the increased workload with the support of his wife, who he met at their alma mater, Mount Carmel High School, and the help of assistant AD and girls basketball coach Randy Jones. Sinkovich said he will have to figure out how to juggle both jobs, especially “game management” for all the teams every season while he’s coaching.
Sinkovich and his wife do not have children, which makes the long hours a little easier to tackle. He said his wife, now coaching an all-star cheerleading team, was supportive of the idea.
He has more than 15 years coaching experience and nine as the head football coach at Hamburg, where he said his teams primarily ran the Wing-T offense and a 4-4 defensive front. He said he will evaluate the roster when he has his coaching staff settled in to determine what schemes to run — he is not committed to running the Wing-T and 4-4 at this time.
“Part of the plan is to get the kids to buy in and get them acclimated to a different head coach, different system,” Sinkovich said. “Obviously, Coach Hoffman built a solid foundation around here.”
Sinkovich played linebacker and running back at Mount Carmel, earning himself a spot at Wilkes University.
He then became an assistant football coach at James M. Coughlin High School, in Wilkes-Barre, before coaching football, wrestling and baseball at Hamburg High School for 13 years, including nine as the football head coach. He then served as an assistant football coach at Northampton High School before coming to Cedar Cliff in 2014 as an assistant principal.
Sinkovich is the first athletic director for a Mid-Penn Conference team in Cumberland County to double dip as a head coach since former Boiling Springs boys basketball coach Pat Dieter stepped down as AD in 2018.
Hoffman went 17-23 in his four years, nearly leading the team to the District 3 playoffs in 2017. The Bulldogs were young in 2018, going 3-7. Hoffman decided to step down to spend more time with his wife and six kids.