Jeff HavelkaHavelka had been working as assistant coach at Waynesburg University under head coach Ron Headlee for the past three years. Prior to that, Havelka had served as head wrestling coach at Chartiers-Houston High School for one year.
"I'm a Southwest Pennsylvania guy and I know the tradition and history of this wrestling program," Havelka told the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter . "I'm really excited to meet the guys and get in there to start working with them. There are definitely expectations there to do well and I'm excited for the challenge."
"I saw the story when Coach (Jason) Cardillo resigned and it crossed my mind to apply," said Havelka. Cardillo resigned after the season to spend more time with his family.
The 30-year-old Havelka brings wrestling and coaching experience to Canon-McMillan. He wrestled at Burgettstown High School, compiling 119 wins and qualifying for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships. Havelka then headed to University of Findlay in northeast Ohio where he was a two-time NCAA Division II national qualifier, two-time team captain, and three-time NCAA Academic All-American at the Division III school.
During his one year at Chartiers-Houston High School in Washington County, Pennsylvania, Havelka led the Buccaneers to the WPIAL team tournament and sent two of his wrestlers to the 2013 PIAA state championships. Havelka then advanced to the college coaching ranks at Waynesville University, serving for two years as a graduate assistant before being named assistant coach by Ron Headlee in 2014.
"We are excited to have a quality person in Jeff to lead one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country," said Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano. "He knows the expectations are high and that the tradition of Canon-McMillan is second to none."