Thanks to all that are reaching-out on this story. Please note, I’ve been in contact with several coaches who are also 22 years old, so we’re working through ages and hiring dates. I will update the story as soon as we have all of the information.
On Tuesday, I wrote about Pen Argyl High School (Pennsylvania) hiring 23-year old Brady Mutton as its new head coach. When I saw his age, it put me on a mission to find-out if he’s the youngest head varsity football coach ever in America?
The answer is…no.
At first, during my research, I discovered that Mitchell Parsley of Crowell High School in Texas had Mutton beat by six months. Parsley was hired in December.
However, just moments before posting the story, my good friend Chris Fore texted me about Joe Cattolico, who was 22-years old when he was hired before the 1997 season by Overfelt High School in San Jose, California.
In just his second season at the helm of Overfelt, Cattolico led the program to a California Central Coast Section II championship.
Cattolico then moved-on to Pleasant Grove, turning the Eagles into one of the top programs in the northern part of California. There he won four league titles, plus a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship and coached current San Francisco 49er Arik Armstead.
After a brief retirement, Cattolico returned to coaching. He took the head job at Sheldon where he led the team to records of 8-4, 9-3 and 10-2. In his final season in 2018 at Sheldon, he won a Delta League title.
This year, Cattolico will be heading into his second season with Roseville. The Tigers were 7-5 last year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
So there you have it…UNLESS…someone else knows of someone who became a head coach younger than 22. If you do, please email me, so we can update our story and honor that person.
Editor’s Note: During our research we found other young varsity head football coaches that we’d like to salute. They are listed below.
Mark Bates, 23 – Los Angeles Baptist (California), 1998