Weston’s Lato to take over at Masuk

Joe Lato was hired as Masuk's head coach on Tuesday after spending the last eight seasons on Weston's sideline.

Joe Lato was hired as Masuk’s head coach on Tuesday after spending the last eight seasons on Weston’s sideline.

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Masuk has its new football coach in place. And, it’s a familiar one.

Masuk hired Joe Lato, the former Weston High head coach and an assistant with the Panthers, athletic director John DeGennaro announced Tuesday.

“I’ve always been impressed, obviously of his knowledge of the game, but how he interacts with the student athletes, and how he communicates with them,” DeGennaro said.

Masuk went 7-4 in 2013 under Dave Brennan, who did not have his contract renewed after one season.

Lato coached at Weston since 2006 and led the Trojans to the Class M state semifinals in 2012. He formerly coached as a defensive assistant at Masuk under John Murphy.

Lato, who was also an assistant wrestling coach at the Monroe school, was chosen from a pool of four candidates for the position.

“He knows Masuk High School,” DeGennaro said. “He’s very successful in our community.”