Alumni: Salamanca’s Krantz Gets New Coaching Life Tonight

Barking instructions out to defenders from throughout the Southern Tier on Salamanca’s Veterans’ Park field, Chris Krantz seems right back at home.

Krantz hasn’t coached scholastic football in more than a decade. He left Southwestern High School before the 2003 season, turning the keys to a soon-to-be powerhouse over to his then-assistant Jay Sirianni.

Sirianni said it didn’t take much convincing to get Krantz back on the sideline for another game at the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic.

“He’s pretty geared up about it,” Sirianni said. “When I asked him to help coach, he started telling me about the 1983 game.”

That’s when Krantz represented Salamanca as a Big 30 all-star after helping lead the Warriors to a perfect season and Section 6 championship. Krantz peps up when talking about the game, as he did after a recent practice in Salamanca.

“IT’S SYNONYMOUS with summer in the Big 30. It’s also synonymous with New York vs. Pennsylvania, and it’s synonymous with great football. It’s something that not only the players that are involved but the community both in New York and Pennsylvania look forward to.”

Krantz, who also coached the Kensington Lions North/South game in 2000, compared the Big 30 classic on a regional level to baseball’s All-Star Game.

“It’s a classic event,” he said. “It’s the all-star football game for the area, and I think people that don’t ever watch football come out for this game because it’s the best of the best and it’s New York vs. Pennsylvania. It’s always a great rivalry and a great night out for many people.”

Krantz has helped Kevin Salisbury, another former assistant of his at Southwestern, coach the New York defense.

“IT’S BEEN AWESOME. Chris hired me at Southwestern 15 years ago,” Salisbury said