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Bellefonte hires Anthony Confer to take over the Raiders

Tagged under: Coaches Corner, District 6, New Coaches, News

| March 22, 2023

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Last night the Bellefonte School board made it official and filled their head coaching vacancy. Anthony Confer has been coaching at some capacity in Central PA for 28 years. He started coaching right out of college and hasn’t stopped. After his first position with Troy from 1995-2001, Tony took position at  Jersey Shore for 2 years as an asst, took off a couple years to start a family. After that he went to Loyalsock, then landed the Head Coaching job at Jersey Shore from 2010-11.  Following those years he was at Central Mountain for year, then coached at Lock Haven University for a year, Hughesville 2 years, Warrior Run 1 year, then he landed at Bellefonte with Shanon Manning from 17-2020, then back to Central Mountain.

“Boy, I was at Central and wanted the job there, but the day I found out I didn’t get that job I knew the Bellefonte job was still open so I hit the submit button and sent in my resume to them” said Confer. “They called and offered me the spot and I took it. “My experience with Bellefonte players and community the last time I was here was second to none. They treated us (his family) all very well.” He says his wife Heather loves it (so he says). “She has actually encouraged me to do this. We met in 2000 when I was coaching at Troy. She understands what’s involved and is my biggest supporter.

As for why he wanted to put his hat into the Head Coaching ring, “Most of the time I coached the offensive line, I also helped with the offense and sometimes defensive line.  I’ve always wanted to do that, be a head coach. My time at Jersey Shore was short. It was something I just wanted to have an opportunity to do” Confer said. He’ll round out his staff with some familiar faces, and likely some new faces. I’m working on putting a staff together. I have a few guys in mind, some former players that want to help.  I’ll rely on the application process for others.  I’m excited to have former players be involved, some from the last time I was here. We want to try to bring the magic back and I believe they’ll be a big part of that.”

Tony hasn’t met any of the players yet, but knows some of them and emailed all the returning players today. Tony says he “will have my first player parent meeting next week”.


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