Executive Director of the WPIAL Scott Seltzer has served in his role for about a year and a half now, as Seltzer would replace old director Amy Scheuneman as the league’s top administrator.
The old assistant superintendent at Chartiers Valley and a familiar voice in the WPIAL office. Seltzer has served as a WPIAL board member since 2009 and board president since 2016, but had decided not to run for re-election this past year. However, with Scheuneman soon leaving for another job, Seltzer said he felt a responsibility to stay involved in the league’s leadership.
“Towards the time when I knew Amy was wrapping up as executive director, I started thinking I need to step up,” Seltzer said. “I am just honored to still be a part of the WPIAL still, and as executive director I get to focus on the student-athletes and their mental and physical health.”
Seltzer became the WPIAL fifth full-time executive director after Charles Heberling (1976-97), Larry Hanley (1997-06), Tim O’Malley 2006-20) and Scheuneman, who resigned on June 1, 2022.
“ I think he is a perfect man for the job,” Scheueneman said. “ With how long he has been with the WPIAL and because he has been in so many different roles throughout it, he can show the different aspects of things.”
A Lawrence County native, Seltzer is a graduate of Mohawk high school and Westminster College, where he played football and won an NAIA Division II national championship in 1988. His career in education started as a social studies teacher at Mohawk, where he also coached football, baseball and basketball, as well as volunteering as a judge for track meets.
Seltzer would later coach football as an assistant at Neshannock under Head Coach Frank Antuono, and coach at Westminster under coach Jerry Schmitt.
I asked Seltzer “What is the biggest challenge the WPIAL is facing?
“What’s different now from even a few years ago is individual wants. Everybody has something they want. They want to see this, they want to see that and they want it quickly,” Seltzer said. “ One of the biggest problems is just getting people to realize these are not problems that are easily solved. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take discussion. It’s going to take collaboration.”
Seltzer also was a history teacher for a little bit of time at his alma mater Mohawk, Seltzer later held assistant principal or principal positions at Frew Mill, Neshannock and Moon before joining Chartiers Valley, where he worked in the administration for 12 years.
Seltzer plans to remain as WPIAl executive director until he can find the person who he feels is good enough to take his position, as he was near retirement when he first started last summer (2022).