The Diocese of Greensburg announced Friday that the school will follow rival Jeannette and play Class A football for the next two seasons.
This move was decided on Monday prior to the PIAA deadline for petitioning to stay up in classification, which GCC has done the past four seasons. Basketball however will play up in Class AA.
Football coach and athletic director Dan Mahoney said the move had to be made because of the declining enrollment.
It’s unsure what conference the WPIAL will place the Centurions.
GCC reported an enrollment of 114 male students in grades 9-11 to the PIAA in October. The PIAA set the enrollment for Class A football at 185 students and less in grades 9-11, and it set the Class AA enrollment at 186-298 male students in those grades.
At the school’s request, GCC had played up a classification in the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, competing in Class AA with a male enrollment that was 15 students shy of the PIAA cutoff between Class A and Class AA, Mahoney said.
He said football was the only GCC sport that competed above its classification level last year.
Mahoney, who has coached at GCC since 1992, said the school has played where its enrollment numbers and classification have dictated in the past with the exception of the two most recent football seasons.
GCC will re-evaluate its classification level again in two years when the PIAA requests new enrollment numbers.
– Paul Schofield