PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the Pine-Richland offense takes the field, its offense will be in high-gear as always, and that gear is shifted by an unheralded coach.
Some play calls might sound confusing to some people, but not to Todd Jochem.READ MORE: OCA Pittsburgh And UPMC Team Up To Help Get The Asian-American Community Vaccinated
He’s been coaching quarterbacks at Pine-Richland for over a decade, but before he was engineering scoring drives, he did something that required a lot more brain power.
“My background is in robotics, I was at CMU with self-driving cars,” Jochem said.
Jochem went on to discuss how he started a couple robotics-related companies in the early 2000’s, before selling them in 2006 and 2007.
Cashing out that robotics company has allowed Jochem to focus on his two greatest passions — football and family.
Fortunately for him, those two go hand-in-hand.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Preparing To Begin Open Air Performances
Jochem’s oldest son, Ben, played for Pine-Richland when they won a WPIAL and PIAA title in 2017, and his youngest son, Eli, is currently one of the best wide receivers in the state.
Jochem is now in his 10th year as a coach at Pine-Richland, and has had a child on the sideline with him for nine of those ten years.
Coach Jochem has made a point to take pictures with all of his kids on the field before every game.
That perspective on family dynamics isn’t the only wisdom rolling around in this coach/engineer’s head.
He also makes sure to drop knowledge on the non-family members of this year’s team.MORE NEWS: Fire Destroys Spaghetti & Steakhouse Restaurant In Murrysville
“There’s only so many times in life you can be the absolute best at something,” Jochem said is something he makes a point to tell his kids.