GenZ Taking Over at PME Burns Named Head Coach
SWIFTWATER - Dan Burns has been named the head varsity football coach for the Pocono Mountain East High School, replacing Rob Melosky, who left the job in January for personal reasons. At 24, Burns is the youngest person named head couch in the conference, and the fourth youngest ever, according to High School Football America. The third youngest is also in northeast Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Pen Argyl named 23 year old Brady Mutton, a 2015 graduate of that school, as its new head coach. Burns said he was excited about the position, which he says has been an ambition of his. Burns said that his coaching experience prepared him for the position, despite his young age. A 2013 graduate of Stroudsburg High School, Burns became a member of that district’s football staff after graduation, while going to school at East Stroudsburg University. In the 2013 season, he was an assistant for the Stroudsburg 7th and 8th grade teams, then moved to the varsity program in 2014. He remained there until after the 2018 season, when he left to join East Stroudsburg High School South’s varsity staff as an assistant coach for last season. Burns says that what learned from Stroudsburg’s Jim Miller, and East’burg’s Matt Walters, about coaching, as well as how to be a positive influence on student athletes, prepared him to take on the head coach assignment at East. Burns’ coaching philosophy places the priority on the personal development of the students and helping them grow into better people. He will also be a health and phys-ed teacher at East.