Yarmouth High senior Nate Pingitore, fresh off helping the Clippers win the first football state championship in school history in November, signed a National Letter of Intent Thursday to attend and play football at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Pingitore was joined by coach Jim Hartman, his family and teammates at a ceremony at the high school.
“It was a long process and I looked at other schools, but I got a great vibe from Robert Morris,” Pingitore said. “The coaches were very nice to me and I felt like that was the place to be. All my life, it’s been my dream to play college football.”
Pingitore plans to be a running back and study sports management. He hopes to intern with the Pittsburgh Penguins or Steelers while in college.
Pingitore was part of a senior class that started the Yarmouth program eight years ago and graduated with a Gold Ball.
“We all worked hard and set our minds to winning a championship,” Pingitore said. “That’s all we ever wanted. I didn’t think I’d actually be a part of it.”
“It was one thing to bring football to Yarmouth and have it grow and win a state championship, but now to have this success, it’s a big deal,” Hartman added.
Robert Morris is coached by Joe Walton, the one-time head coach of the New York Jets. Assistant coach John Banaczak won three Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 1970s.