BASEBALL: Mike Zolk tabbed as Neumann-Goretti's new head coach

Five months after his son wrapped up a stellar high school career at the school, Mike Zolk has been tabbed as Neumann-Goretti's new baseball boss.

Zolk, 45, received word of his hiring Saturday afternoon from Neumann-Goretti principal Patriccia Sticco. "It's going to be a challenge, but I'm really excited about it," the Parkwood resident said.

Last spring, Mike "Zoom" Zolk helped the Saints to a 22-1 record and their second Catholic League championship in three seasons. A second baseman, he is now a freshman at the University of North Carolina.

The elder Zolk is a full-time baseball instructor, and was a coach for a decade or so with the Tri-State Arsensal, a Bucks County-based squad that showcases the area's best prospects.

Zolk, a 1984 Frankford graduate, was also a volunteer assistant at Penn State-Abinbton and an assistant for a year-and-a-half at North Catholic. In high school, he played at North before transferring to Frankford.

Lou Spadaccini, Neumann-Goretti's coach the last five seasons, was arrested in September on charges of plying a 14-year-old boy with alcohol and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

"I wanted to be the guy to take over and lead this team in the right direction," Zolk said. "I don't want the kids to be affected by what allegedly happened. They didn't do anything wrong."

-Rick O'Brien

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