MILL HALL - The words of Phil Riccio still resonate with Steve Turchetta.
Riccio was a former Altoona Area head football coach that decided to apply for the district's athletic director when the position came open a few years ago.
"He said as football coach, he was able to help one program out. He looked at it not only as an opportunity to help the football program, but to help out all the programs," Turchetta said. "And that made a lot of sense to me. You would love it if all the programs at a school were successful."
New Central Mountain athletic director Steve Turchetta sits in his office at the high school.
Now, Turchetta will attempt to fill that role at Central Mountain High School.
Turchetta, the school's football coach since 2001, was recently named at the last Keystone Central School Board meeting as athletic director of CMHS. He takes over for Paula Lupold, who recently took a principal position at the middle school.
"It's something I always thought that I wanted to do," Turchetta said. "Just with my love of athletics, I thought that this would be a neat opportunity for me. It's something that I would love to do."
Turchetta will now oversee the multitude of Central Mountain sports programs, which range from tennis to basketball to track and field.
For a coach of 27 years, it's a welcomed opportunity.
"I've coached everything from boys' and girls' junior-high track to junior high football to varsity football to basketball," he said. "I've got a pretty good idea of how things work. This is always a step that I thought about taking."
Attending sporting events isn't new territory.
In fact, Turchetta has been known to frequent many of the sports - often seen at basketball games, wrestling matches and baseball games.
"As an athletic director, there is more of a demand," he said. "I have some good people working for me as game managers that cover a lot of the stuff. But as an athletic director, you have to be present at the events. You have to support the things that are going on."
He's always shown up to support the other Wildcat athletic programs.
He's even been known to dabble in the media realm, broadcasting basketball games on the local radio station.
"I love being around sports," Turchetta said. "I told the coaches don't be surprised to see me stopping into practices in the offseason just because I love to see how everything comes together. I love to see how coaches interact with the kids, and the organization of their practices. I hope that I will be able to take advantage of that."
The biggest change, which comes as no surprise, will be the time constraints.
Especially in the fall when football season is at its peak.
The last two seasons on the gridiron, Turchetta has led the Wildcats to 6-5 records and back-to-back berths in the Districts 6-8-9-10 subregional playoffs where Central Mountain lost both times to State College.
Central Mountain football has three consecutive winning seasons, and finished 5-5 in 2006.
"The time situation is going to be new territory for me," he said.
"It's going to be something that I will have to evaluate this fall. I try to be as organized as I possibly can. And luckily, I have a good bunch of people around me - not only as coaches, but people who work with me in the administration office and the athletic office that are all very supportive of what I do. I can trust these people to help me out. That's the key. You have to surround yourself with good people, and trusting that they will get the things done."
There's also the family component.
Turchetta now has two sons in college, Kyle and Nick, and his youngest boy, Travis, is entering ninth grade.
"It's important to me to spend time with my family. That's the piece that I really have to look at," he said. "I have two kids in college now, and my youngest is in ninth grade, so I still want to be part of that family. I still want to be involved in what they are doing, and the events in their lives."
Central Mountain athletics appears to be hitting its stride.
The Wildcats had a very successful 2009-2010.
In the fall, both soccer programs captured a Mountain League championship, while the golf team continued its excellence on the links. The cross country team also sent a runner to the state meet for the first-time ever in now-junior Aaron Fisher.
In the winter, wrestling was the big boy - capturing a PIAA team state title in March, while crowning two champions, Dylan and Andrew Alton.
Spring-time, CM baseball captured another league title while advancing to the postseason, the boys' tennis team had a historic year which culminated in a league title, a home playoff match and a berth in the district final against State College.
"It's definitely an exciting time at Central Mountain," Steve Turchetta said.