Joe Licata is committed to making Bishop Timon-St. Jude a success in all sports.
That is why he signed a multi-year deal to stay with the South Buffalo Catholic school as its athletic director and head football coach. Timon’s sports news Twitter account tweeted out news of the deal.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Licata said Thursday night after football practice. “I’m just pretty much showing I’m excited to be there, to show families and kids I’m committed to the school. I’m here for the long haul.”
Licata, the former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback, took the reins of the program last summer after former Timon star Charlie Comerford stepped down as athletic director and football coach. Licata accepted the positions during a period of uncertainty. Comerford resigned about seven weeks before the football season in a show of support for another administrator, Michele Battin, that the school opted not to retain as principal. Several student-athletes transferred following Comerford's departure.
Though football posted a 0-9 record, the Tigers held their own in other sports – including basketball, which won 19 games and reached the Manhattan Cup semifinals under first-year coach Jason Rowe. Rowe was Licata’s first hire.
“I’m thrilled for the future and to build on the success we had in year one across athletics (at Timon),” Licata said.