Despite the “.com” in our URL, Lebofootball.com is a non-profit (non-commercial) website for the sole purpose of supporting and promoting the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils high school football team. Mt. Lebanon High School is a public HS in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA. We are parents, coaches and former players who are proud to donate our time and skills to:
- Facilitate communication
- Consolidate information
- Publish fun photos and videos of our football team
- Be the historical repository for Blue Devils’ schedules, rosters, stats, etc.
- Be the online home of everything Blue Devil football related
From the beginning at Lebofootball.com, our mission has always been inclusive; we treat all players equally. We strive to capture every one of our players in photos and/or video, whether they be the senior play-makers on the field or the up-and-coming sophomores on the sidelines. After all, these players are our sons and our students. We cherish them all. There are many other websites that focus on recruiting the best athletes for football careers after high school but Lebofootball.com is not one of them. We may sometimes concentrate our efforts on upperclassmen, as these players have dedicated a number of years to the program and deserve to be highlighted but we do not discriminate based on talent. We make every attempt to photograph JV and Freshmen games but we are limited in our resources so capturing every game is not possible.
Who We Are
Julie is the photographer, webmaster and founder of the Lebofootball.com website. In 2007, she began photographing her son and the rest of the team from the sidelines. (Much thanks to Athletic Director John Grogan for giving his permission to do so.) The number of boys coming over to her house to view the game photos convinced Julie that she needed a way to share the photos. She created Lebofootball.com and has been maintaining this website ever since. She is proud of her son, Connor, who graduated from Mt. Lebanon in 2009 and went on to play offensive tackle for the University of Dayton Flyers. Despite her son moving on, Julie is still working the Lebo sidelines. She has seen that her photos have improved over the years and she is grateful to Lebofootball.com for this outlet. She’ll be adding more video, as well as photos, as time goes on.
From the senior football class of 1980, Jeff is as passionate as they come about the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. His wealth of knowledge and history of the team is tremendous, so much so that he wrote a book about it! Highlights of the book, Mt. Lebanon Football: A Tradition of Excellence, include:
- Foreword by Art Walker, Hall of Fame Coach
- Original drawing by Jim Mellett
- In depth coverage of 38 championship caliber seasons or near misses
- Captain and/or player reflections from 12 WPIAL championship game seasons; Walter Blume (1941), Fritz Walker (1955), Jack Mathison (1966), Jack Howard (1967), Ira Houck (1970), Glen Sawhill (1973), John Rees (1980), Bob Schilken (1981), Greg Katshir (1983), Bryan Amos (1984), Scott Clements (1987) and Kevin Weidl (2000)
- Reflections from coaches that appeared in nine WPIAL championship games (Walker and Chris Hearing)
- Reflections from a Rockette (Bette Ridinger Barton), cheerleader (Tracy King Eck) and a lifelong fan and former Blue Devil Club member (Glenn Barton)
- 130+ B/W photos (including 38 team photos)
- Appendix with Year-by-Year Records, Cumulative Results and Scoring, Annual Results, Team Records and All-State Honorees
Our goal at Lebofootball.com is to incorporate the historical data included in Jeff’s book so as to provide an online library for all to view.
Head Coach Mike Melnyk
After a lengthy search to find exactly the right candidate to take the helm for the Blue Devils, Mike Melnyk was hired as Mt. Lebanon’s head football coach in 2012. (Mike replaced long-time coach Chris Haering, who was hired as linebackers coach at the University of Pittsburgh under Paul Chryst.) Coach Melnyk brings a wealth of experience from the eastern side of the state to Mt. Lebanon, as he coached Manheim Township High School, a AAAA public school near Lancaster, for 13 years.
Melnyk, who grew up in Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan, and was a placekicker for the Wolverines from 1980-84. One of his first coaching jobs was as offensive coordinator at Albright College. (Read more: Post Gazette article Apr 5, 2012)
Coach Melnyk appears to have transitioned seamlessly to Mt. Lebanon, as he coached the Blue Devils to a conference co-championship in his first season in 2012, finishing 8-3 overall.
While creating a cohesive and successful team of good young men on the field and off is Mike’s highest priority, he is keen on reaching out to Blue Devil alumni to promote a well-informed and close-knit Blue Devil Nation, so to speak, and Lebofootball.com is honored to have Coach Mike’s contributions and posts.
Bob is the current “football rep” to the Blue Devil Club boosters organization. He represents the interests of the football parents to BDC, serving as the voice and vote, as needed, for the football team. The BDC is the umbrella boosters organization for the school, acting primarily as a central bank for the various sports’ boosters groups. As the overall coordinator of the volunteer parent committees, the buck stops with Bob! Committees for the football boosters include communications, events, fundraising, budget allocation, football camp meals, game-day hoagies, the football program, apparel sales, 50/50 raffle, end-of-season banquet, and a hundred other things. It takes a team of parents to support a high school football team; about as many parents as players on the team! As the football rep, Bob is also the liaison between parents and the coaching staff. Bob works closely with Mike to get input about fundraising priorities and team and family events.
Bob is the proud father of senior tight end/defensive end, Eric, #87.