Banaszak is Robert Morris' coach-in-waiting
Moon Township, PA (Sports Network) - The Robert Morris University football program has named assistant John Banaszak as the head coach-in-waiting to replace Joe Walton after the 2013 season.
Robert Morris held a press conference Tuesday to announce Banaszak's title. The 51-year-old has assisted Walton for nine seasons, most recently tutoring the defensive linemen and special teams, and has been the assistant head coach for the last four seasons.
"I'm extremely excited to be named the coach-in-waiting of the Robert Morris University football program," Banaszak said. "Over the next two years, I plan on working hand-in-hand with head coach Joe Walton in continuing to build this program so it competes for Northeast Conference championships. Upon taking over the program, the emphasis won't be any different than what's it's been since the beginning, which is developing the total student-athlete."
Walton, 76, is the only head coach in the program's 18-year history and will step down following the 2013 season.
During Banaszak's tenure at Robert Morris, the Colonials have led the NEC in total defense four times (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010).
A two-time Super Bowl champion as a Pittsburgh Steelers player, Banaszak was the head coach at Washington & Jefferson from 1999 to 2002, compiling a 38-9 record.
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