Football: Newton tabbed as Del-Val's coach

Del-Val Charter has tabbed Jamel Newton, who was a volunteer assistant with the squad, as its interim head football coach.

Newton, 26, replaces Shelton Farmer, who was dismissed as coach following a bench-clearing brawl in Saturday afternoon's Public League Class AA game at Roxborough. The contest, stopped in the second quarter, resulted in forfeit losses for both squads.

"Discipline is a big thing moving forward," said Newton, who met with the Del-Val players Wednesday afternoon and will direct his first practice Monday. "The culture has to change. We have to be better than we were before."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Newton was a two-way lineman at Willingboro High in South Jersey. A Northern Liberties resident, he is in his first year as an IT manager at Del-Val.

"This is exciting for me," he said. "Being a football guy all my life, coaching is something I've wanted to do. I'm glad to be part of this."

Del-Val, also involved in a fighting incident in a Sept. 7 game versus Prep Charter, will also forfeit its next two scheduled games and not compete in the playoffs this season.

Del-Val athletic director Will Cambria said a search committee will be formed at the end of the season to find a permanent head coach.

He added, per a warning from PIAA District 12 chairman Robert Coleman, that "any other incident this year will result in the termination of our season."

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