Another Just takes over Laurel Highlands football program

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 4:39 PM

When Laurel Highlands football coach Zach Just resigned to take a principal position at South Allegheny, the Laurel Highlands school board didn't have to look far for his replacement.

In fact, they kept it in the Just family.

Jake Just, who was an assistant on his brother's staff, was named the new head coach at Laurel Highlands.

Zach Just coached seven years at Laurel Highlands and complied at 21-49 record.

Jake Just, 33, becomes the third brother to be a high school football head coach. Zach coached at Laurel Highlands, Hartsville, S.C. and King William in Virginia. Both brothers coached under Josh Just at Hanover, Va.

“I'm excited about the opportunity,” said Jake Just, a 2002 graduate of Greensburg Salem. “The biggest challenge is making sure the program is run the right way and make sure the players represent Laurel Highlands like they should.

“I've been blessed to be able to coach football with my brothers for 11 years. When Zach had to step down, I threw my hat in the ring. The players wanted me to have the job, and I received a lot of support from the community.”

Laurel Highlands athletic director Mark John said Jake Just is a great person and a good man.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.


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