Henry Hynoski

FILE PHOTO: New York Giants full back Henry Hynoski runs the ball during a joint NFL football training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 12, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SHAMOKIN — Local football legend Henry Hynoski will take over the Shamokin Area High School football program in 2018.

Hynoski was hired Tuesday night by the school board as both head football coach and dean of students, an administrative position. He’s expected to begin both positions in 2018.

James Lichty will become head football coach for the 2017 season as a bridge to Hynoski’s tenure.

Hynoski was a star running back at Southern Columbia Area, where he led the Tigers to four straight PIAA titles. He played three seasons for University of Pittsburgh and was signed by the New York Giants in 2011 as a rookie free agent.

“I’m happy to have Henry. With his character and integrity as a person, he will make a good coach and will be a great addition to our school,” said Jeff Kashner, school board president.

There a few factors that led to Hynoski’s delayed start at Shamokin Area.

His hiring to the administrative position, which already existed but was vacant, hinges on his completion of a master’s degree and teaching certification.

Superintendent James Zack intends to retire in June 2018. After that, the board is likely to promote current high school Principal Chris Venna, said board director Charles Shuey. A replacement will be named for Venna’s job, likely internally, allowing Hynoski to begin, he said.

“We don’t anticipate any additional expenditures,” Shuey said.

The moves will create savings, Shuey said, since the new superintendent and high school principal would earn less than their predecessors.

Apart from studying for a master’s degree, Kashner said Hynoski also is interning with the Giants.

Hynoski was named to both positions on unanimous 9-0 votes. Lichty was hired on a 7-2 vote. Directors Bernard Sosnoski Jr. and Robert Getchey dissented.

For the administrative position, Hynoski will be paid $61,000. Salaries for all coaches within the district are under review and will be set at a later date. Salaries have not been restructured since 1998, according to director Matthew Losiewicz. 

Hynoski won a Super Bowl with the Giants his rookie season, making a key fumble recovery during his team’s victory over the New England Patriots.

His playing career ended in September 2015 after the Giants released him.

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