With playoffs run, Central PA roots of Frank Reich and Matt Nagy see major media attention

2 min read69 views and 14 shares Posted January 6, 2019

Last week we took the opportunity of the Eagles playoff run to talk about how two men with Lebanon connections played a minor role in that storyline.

But, as a reader pointed out at the time, Matt Nagy and Frank Reich aren’t actually the reason the Eagles are headed to the playoffs (the Eagles are the reason the Eagles are headed to the playoffs, natch). We just wanted an excuse to tell the story of these two impressive men.

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Well, it looks like we weren’t alone in wanting to broadcast the charming narratives of how two men with Central PA roots ended up leading two teams into contention for this year’s NFL playoffs.

Here’s our roundup of interesting coverage about these two coaches.

Frank Reich

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From Seminary President to NFL Head Coach (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel Coalition)

The story of how Frank Reich ended up as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte.

Watch: Q&A with the Eagles’ Frank Reich (Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

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It may be few years old, but this interview by Jeremy Long with Frank Reich is just great. His favorite thing about Philly? All the great food. Better mascot, Eagle or Falcon? Eagle. His favorite thing to do in Lebanon? Eat lunch at Fairview Golf Course with Jim Jones. (The Jones family owns five Central PA courses through its Distinct Golf brand.)

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Matt Nagy

Why Matt Nagy spent one morning as an Eagles backup quarterback (Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer)

As seen in this Philadelphia Inquirer archival photo, Matt Nagy spent a single morning as a practice quarterback for the Eagles, before a controversy regarding a contract Nagy held with the Arena Football League pushed him out of play and onto a coaching track. Read more.

From selling homes to the NFL: How an ‘angel’ helped Matt Nagy (Wayne Drehs, ESPN)

Lancaster’s Larry Wisdom gets a shoutout for giving Nagy a guaranteed income when he was just starting out as a sales manager for Keystone Custom Homes. And when Nagy finally got the call from the Eagles (see above), Wisdom was there to say, “Go chase your dream.”


Did we miss any good stories posted in the last few weeks? Let us know in the comments, or shoot me an email.

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