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Coach Harold FairClough: Head Football Coach

Coach Fairclough is entering his 8th season at the helm of the Hornets Football program. In the 8 years that he has been at Emmaus, the Hornets have had two of the most prolific seasons in school history. He led the program to six straight district playoff appearances, two East Penn Conference championships, one East Penn Conference Lehigh Division championship in 2020 (5-1), the most wins in a single season in program history, and the program's first two District championship appearances.

In 2016, Coach Fairclough joined the Emmaus Green Hornets as the Head Coach. In his inaugural season, he led the team to a 10-2 season winning the EPC South Division title. Coach Fairclough was awarded both The Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Live Coach of the Year. His 2016 team was awarded the McFrantz Team of the Year.

In 2018, Coach Fairclough and his staff led the program to its first-ever District Championship game appearance. The

team finished 11-2. In his inaugural season, he led the team to a 10-2 season winning the EPC South Division title. Couch Fairclough was awarded both the Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Live Coach of the Year. His 2016 team was awarded the McFrantz Team of the Year.

In 2021, the Hornets returned to the District Championship game. This was the Hornets second time in four years reaching the championship round. The team finished with a 9-4 record making it the program's 3rd season with 9 or more wins in the last six years.

Coach Harold Fairclough graduated from Allentown Central Catholic, where he was an All-State Linebacker and starter on the 1993 3A State Championship Team. He went on to play Linebacker at Susquehanna University where he received All-Conference and All-American Honors.

After his playing career, he returned to the Lehigh Valley to coach at his Alma Mater. He spent 10 seasons coaching at Central Catholic. Coach Fairclough served as the Head Coach for six seasons, leading the program to three District 11 3A titles and the 2010 PIAA AAA State Championship in 2010. During the 2010 season, he led the team to a 16-0 record on their way to the program's 3rd PIAA AAA State title. He has the honor of being the only PIAA head coach to win a title as a player and as a head coach at their alma mater.

Coach Fairclough also coached at Whitehall High School from 2012-2014 where he coached the Defensive Backs and served as the Defensive Coordinator for 2 seasons. In 2015, he was an assistant coach at Moravian College and coached the Cornerbacks.

He is married to his wife Karen and has two children, Mason and Jackie. Fairclough is currently a Health/Wellness/Fitness teacher at Emmaus High School.

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Coach Dale Fink: Offensive Coordinator / QB Coach

Dale Fink is married to Nichole Fink, and they have three children Dale, Daxton, and Duke. Coach Fink played his high school football at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL where he was a two year starter and all state quarterback. He continued his football career at Sacred Heart University where he was a 4 year starter at quarterback, team captain for the pioneers, and the all time career passing leader. After his college career Coach Fink played arena football for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. After his arena football career, he took a coaching job at Mater Dei High School in Breese, IL. He was the Pass Game Coordinator and Quarterback coach for 2 years. After his second season at Mater Dei he took a job at Belleville East High School in Belleville, IL as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback coach. After Belleville East Coach Fink moved back to Pennsylvania and was the Quarterback Coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School in 2018.

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Coach Jake Hilderbrand: Defensive Coordinator & Inside Linebacker Coach

Coach Hildebrand is the defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach. He has been coaching in the program since 2014. Previously, he did a one-year stint at Freedom. He is a proud 2009 Emmaus graduate. While playing for Emmaus, he was named team captain, scholar-athlete, as well as All-Conference and All-Area linebacker. After high school, he went on to major in mathematics and play linebacker at Moravian College. At Moravian, he earned All-Conference honors and served as a team captain. Coach Hildebrand is also a math teacher at Emmaus High School. He lives in the community with his wife and two kids.

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Coach Matt Cohen: Running Backs

Coach Cohen graduate from Allentown Central Catholic HS in 2006 where he was a three-year starter and Captain his senior year. Coach Cohen went on to play Linebacker at Lehigh University from 2006-09. He was named to three different All-America teams following his Senior season. He went on to play Professional Indoor football for Lehigh Valley Steelhawks where he played both sides of the ball at Linebacker and Running Back from 2010-2012. Following his playing career, Coach Cohen went on to coach for BeCa HS from 2010-2016. He started out as the assistant Defensive Line coach eventually shifting to Running Backs in his 4th year. Coach Cohen comes to Emmaus for the 2017 season working with the Running Backs. 

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Coach Eric Miller: Cornerbacks

Coach Miller graduated from William Allen High School in 2000 and Lebanon Valley College in 2004. After coaching stops at both of his alma maters and Salisbury, Palisades and Whitehall, Eric joined the Emmaus coaching staff in 2020. He has experience coaching quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers and defensive backs. He has also served as a Freshman Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator during his 17-year coaching tenure. Eric is a math teacher in the Southern Lehigh School District and he and his wife, Hillary, currently reside in Wescosville with their two children, Jax and Nia.

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Coach Rich Ocelus: Wide Receivers

Coach Rich Ocelus is entering his 4th year coaching varsity football at Emmaus High School. He will be coaching the Wide Receivers this season. This will be his 16th year of Coaching Football in the Lehigh Valley. Coach Ocelus graduated from Dieruff High School in 2003 where he was a 3 sport athlete. He began his coaching career at his alma mater where he spent 11 years on staff working with quarterbacks and receivers. He also coached basketball and still coaches baseball at Dieruff High School. After coaching Dieruff football, he spent two years at Catasauqua High School working as a Quarterbacks coach before he got the job here at Emmaus. He just finished his 15th year at Dieruff High School as a Security Officer. He is very excited for his fourth season here at Emmaus and looks forward to a great season.

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Coach Mike Palos: Wide Receivers

Coach Mike Palos is making his return to Emmaus High School. Previously, he was at Emmaus in 2011 and 2012 serving as Wide Receivers coach in 2011 and the Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Coach Palos will once again be coaching WR’s for the upcoming season. This is Coach Palos’ 15th season coaching. He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Bethlehem Catholic, where he was a Quarterbacks Coach & Offensive Coordinator before becoming the Head Football Coach in 2009. Coach Palos also coached at Liberty High School where he served as Quarterbacks Coach and Easton High School where he coached quarterbacks for two seasons before becoming Offensive Coordinator for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Coach Palos graduated from Bethlehem Catholic in 1996 where he was a three-sport athlete. He then attended Lafayette College where he played quarterback for the football team and pitched for the baseball team. When he is not coaching, Coach Palos is a Learning Support Teacher at Easton High School. He is married to his lovely wife, Erica, and they have two boys - Lincoln (6) and Wyatt (3).

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Coach Jake Reichard: Outside linebackers

Coach Reichard is entering his 5th season coaching the outside linebackers at Emmaus. The 2023 season will be his 17th straight year coaching high school football. Jake is a 2005 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School, winning a district championship as a player in 2003. Prior to joining the Green Hornets, Jake spent the previous 12 seasons coaching at his alma mater. He was on staff for 4 District Championships and one undefeated State Championship. Jake has coached at the Freshman, JV, and Varsity levels. In addition to coaching linebackers, he has experience coaching the offensive line, defensive line, and coordinating.

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Coach Rob Sawicki: Safeties

Coach Sawicki is entering has been a varsity football for over 25 years both as an assistant and head coach. He joined the Emmaus football program for the 2019 season. Coach Sawicki will be coaching the Safeties on Defense. He has taken on various coaching responsibilities at the large and small school levels during his coaching career. Prior to coaching, Coach Sawicki participated collegiately at the D-II level. A 1996 graduate of East Stroudsburg South High School, he was the team captain of the 1995 Mountain Valley Conference and District XI Championship Football Team. In addition to coaching, Coach Sawicki enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and watching professional sports. Coach Sawicki and his family reside in Macungie.

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Coach Jon Scerbo: Full Backs/Tight Ends

Coach Scerbo joined the Emmaus coaching staff in 2019. Jon graduated from Bethlehem Catholic in 1999 where he was a two sport athlete participating in baseball and football. He went on to play fullback and punter at Muhlenberg College where he received a degree in Managerial Finance. Coach Scerbo was previously a position coach at Allentown Central Catholic for 3 years where he coached full backs, tight ends, and running backs. In addition to coaching, Coach Scerbo is the Director of Sales at Happi Foodi. He and his wife Tracie have two sons, Vincent and Giovanni.

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Coach Mark Scisly: Offensive Line

Coach Scisly has been the Offensive Line Coach at Emmaus High School since the 2018 season. He spent the previous 14 years as the Head Football Coach for Boyertown, Salisbury and Northampton High Schools. In 2010, Coach Scisly led Boyertown to a 10-2 finish winning the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship. The 10 wins that season is still a school record and Scisly was named Coach of the Year by PCTV. In 2006, Scisly's Salisbury Falcons won their only championship since 1972 by beating Pine Grove for the Eastern Conference title. Before becoming a Head Coach for HS, Scisly was the Offensive Line coach at Ursinus College. Prior to coaching, he played football for 14 years and was a three-time Associated Press All State Offensive Lineman at Southern Columbia High School. After High School, Scisly attended Ursinus College where he was a four-year starter. In 1998, he was named Co-Offensive MVP and in 1999 he participated in the Division III National Playoffs. In 2019 Scisly was inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Sr. Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to coaching, Scisly has been a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Lower Macungie Middle School since 2002. He and his wife Tanya have 3 children, Joseph, Madeline, and Alexander.

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Coach Pete Verile: Defensive Line

Coach Verile played in Belvidere, NJ. He was part of the 1999 North 2 Group 1 State Championship team. Verile attended Moravian College.He coached for 3 years at Notre Dame Green Pond, 3 years at Bethlehem Catholic HS, and has coached for Emmaus since 2014. In addition to coaching, Coach Verile is also a teacher at Lower Macungie Middle School in the East Penn School District where he teaches 6th-grade reading. He and his wife Justina have 2 children Hayden and Jackson. He will be entering his 9th year coaching the Defensive Line for the Green Hornets.

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Athletic Trainers

EHS: Mark Yorty, Liz Del Re

Eyer: Tori Ruvolis

LMMS: Angela Formaz


Originally from Delaware County, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Neumann University in 2011

with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Athletic Training, with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. Liz

was hired at Emmaus High School in July of 2012, and in May of 2019 she was nominated by our

administration and named a finalist for Sports Medicine Provider of the Year presented by St. Luke's

University Health Network. Since that time, she has volunteered her time as an athletic trainer at the

Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in June 2018, and again in January 2019 for the Dave

Schultz Memorial Tournament. In September 2018, Liz traveled to the Pan American Championships in

Mexico on behalf of USA Wrestling, then again in July of 2019 to Cadet World Championships in


In addition to her duties as the athletic trainer, in the fall 2016 she became the advisor of the Emmaus

High School Pediatric Cancer Club. Due to her involvement with the PCC, Liz became the Volunteer Event

Organizer for the Emmaus Shave for the Brave which has donated over $350,000 to the St. Baldrick's

Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research.


Angela Formaz is originally from Wadsworth, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University where

she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 2003. 

Angela then attended Robert Morris University working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, while

obtaining her Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership in 2005. After her 2 years as a Graduate

Assistant at RMU she went on to work in the Lehigh University Sports Medicine Department for the next

3 years. Angela has been with EPSD since 2008 and primarily works at LMMS but rotates in at both Eyer

and Emmaus High School as needed. 


Graduated from Dieruff High School in 2013 as a three sport athlete.(volleyball, basketball, and soccer)

Went to Kutztown University and played soccer for a year.

Transferred to Alvernia University to study athletic training.

Completed my senior clinical rotation at Emmaus High School during the school year of 2017-2018.

Completed my undergrad from Alvernia University in 2018.

Got hired from Lehigh Valley Health Network in October 2018 as per diem.

Worked at Northwestern Lehigh High School in the spring of 2019.

Got hired to work at Eyer Middle School/ East Penn School District in August 2019.


Graduated from Northampton High School in 2011.

Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University 

Masters degree in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University 

Hired by Lehigh Valley Health Network as an Athletic Trainer August 2015

Worked with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League for their 2016-17 season

Started working at Emmaus High School full-time May of 2017

He will be getting married this October to Marissa. They are building a home in Moore Township.

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