Bishop Timon-St. Jude is staying in-house for its next football coach.
Matt Weiser shifts over from defensive coordinator to head coach for the Tigers, according to an announcement by the school via Twitter.
Weiser, 28, is the University at Buffalo’s all-time leader in catches for tight ends and was a first-team All-Mid American Conference selection during his time with the Bulls.
Weiser takes over for Joe Licata, who is leaving as Timon’s athletic director and football coach to take a job on the coaching staff of new UB head coach Maurice Linguist.
Weiser was named interim coach May 28. He said he was offered the job on a permanent basis Tuesday.
“I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity,” Weiser said. “I’ve been with the team the last four years. I couldn’t be more excited to continue what Joe started to build. It’s a great group of kids. The boys are hungry and motivated. I’m just looking forward to giving them the best chance to win football games this fall.”
Weiser succeeds Licata, the former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback who took the reins of the program in the summer of 2017 after former Timon star Charlie Comerford stepped down as athletic director and football coach. Licata accepted the two 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.
Under Licata, the program struggled to hold its own against the heavyweights of the top-heavy Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. However, Licata led the Tigers to the 2019 MMHSAA B Division (small schools) playoff championship.
Licata believes Weiser is the right man to keep to program on the up and up.
“His football and academic backgrounds are very impressive, and he continually promotes discipline both in the classroom and on the field,” Licata said. “Matt’s hiring will be an easy transition for our program and players because of his familiarity.”
Weiser teaches English AIS at Timon but won’t slide into the athletic director’s chair. The search for Licata’s replacement in that job continues. Ron Bertovich is the interim AD.
Weiser and Licata were teammates at UB, with both graduating in 2015.
Weiser said it’s kind of cool Timon has tapped into the UB pipeline again for its next coach.
“We learned a lot when we were at UB," Weiser said. "It’s helped translate to help coach the young guys and it’s set us up for success after.”