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Brad Livingston joins Northern York football staff

For the first time in almost a half-century, Brad Livingston won't be donning black and orange on the sideline.

And that's OK, because purple might be Livingston's best color, he joked.

The longtime Central York coach who spent 46 years as an assistant and head coach with the Panthers is joining Northern York's staff in 2016 as a defensive line coach.

Livingston joins another former YAIAA head coach — Bill Miller — who led Dover on two separate occasions and took over at Northern this offseason when Greg Bowman left to take the New Oxford job.

When Miller learned that Central had cut ties with Livingston, he called his old friend.

"He called and asked if I meant what I said in the newspaper when I said I wasn't done coaching," Livingston recalled. "I said yes, then we got together and talked and the rest is history."

Miller offered Livingston a chance to coach the defensive line and help coordinate the defense for the Polar Bears who went 8-4 and reached the second round of districts last season.

Livingston admired Northern's style of play from the opposite sideline when the Panthers and Polar Bears used to square off in exhibition games, he said, which made the decision to join Miller an easy call.

"Those Central vs. Northern games were some of the most hard-fought, memorable games in my coaching career," Livingston recalled. "Dillsburg is a football town. They have good, tough kids and they've always played a physical style up here. Knowing them from competing against them made it intriguing and I've known Bill (Miller) for a long time. I consider him a friend. It's nice to be up here working with him and the staff has been very welcoming. It has been a fun experience."

Livingston will see the YAIAA still this season. Northern has a scrimmage against West York scheduled in August and their opening night game is against Susquehannock in Glen Rock.