Sweet Home Athletic Director Chris DeMarco confirmed that Rich Lowe has been recommended to fill the football coaching vacancy at the school.
The move needs to be approved by the school board to become official. The timetable for that is uncertain, although the board is scheduled to meet Tuesday night.
"I like his enthusiasm; I like his passion and commitment," DeMarco said. "He's a very dedicated individual. He's been here a number of years. He loves football and he loves Sweet Home football."
Lowe is a physical education teacher in the district and has coached junior varsity at Sweet Home for several years, according to DeMarco.
A graduate of old La Salle High School in Niagara Falls, Lowe played offensive line at University at Buffalo.
If he is approved to the job, Lowe would become just the fourth varsity coach in the history of the program.
He would succeed legendary John Faller, who opted to retire from coaching the sport last December after 30 years as coach.
Under Faller, Sweet Home became one of Western New York's signature programs. Faller guided the Panthers to two state championships, eight Section VI titles – including six straight from 2007-12, and 16 division crowns -- including a run of 11 in a row from 2004-14. The Panthers also won 69 straight games against Section VI foes – a run that ended in the 2013 final to eventual state runner-up Williamsville North.
Sweet Home has missed the postseason the last two years.