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NEPA Miners may have played their final game
Monday December 16, 2013

After seven years of winning football, providing athletes a venue to compete and giving back to the community, the NEPA Miners may have scored their final touchdown. This is the last year of operating the semi-professional football team for Founder Dan LaMagna and President Jason Muskey as both will be resigning from the Miners. A difficult decision but the timing was right for both gentleman.

Dan LaMagna spent the last 17 years dedicated to semi-pro football as a player, coach and owner while Jason Muskey spent the last seven as a Miners sponsor, business partner and eventually President and both be resigning from the Miners and semi-pro football entirely. LaMagna stated, “I am proud of all that the Miners have accomplished in seven years as I believe with the great efforts of many, the Miners set a standard of professionalism at the semi-professional level that is second to none. I am most proud of the players and coaches that have been loyal to the organization, to have watched many either open up doors on and off the field from the Miners or have enjoyed the opportunity to play or coach for the love of the game. It has also been awesome to give back to over 50 charities in seven years. Jason and I will pass the torch to new management if possible as we would love to see the Miners continue,  It is difficult to say goodbye to what I created but the time is right as we are both ready for a change professionally and personally”.

Both Dan and Jason noted family, finances and their own respective careers as primary reasons for moving on. Head Coach Darrin McDowell is evaluating coaching options but is hopeful someone takes over the NEPA Miners which has been highly competitive the past two years and appears to be a player or two away from becoming a true championship contender. Assistant Coach Charlie Wysocki which has been honored by the team since day one has increased his speaking engagements and is currently promoting a book he co-wrote titled Saddle-Up Charlie. Many Miners players have had off season tryouts including running back Ahmad Shuler who reportedly signed with the professional indoor Erie Explosion. Many NEPA Miners players were Empire Football League (EFL) All-Stars with the complete list found at 
http://www.empire-football-league.net/forms/EFL2013WESTALLSTARS.pdf. The Miners only lost one game in the EFL regular season last year, but didn't match up well versus the Syracuse Shock splitting the regular season with the Shock defeating the Miners in the playoffs before becoming league champions. Northeast PA had a great seven year run of semi-professional football with the Miners, bringing back the tradition of semi-pro football, only time will tell what the future holds for the Miners and semi-professional football in the greater Scranton area.
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