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Middletown grad Lupia to take over Blue Raider baseball team

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/7/18

A 2010 Middletown graduate has been hired as the new head coach of the Middletown Area High School varsity baseball team.

Michael Lupia will be paid a stipend of $4,260 to coach the team during …

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Middletown grad Lupia to take over Blue Raider baseball team

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A 2010 Middletown graduate has been hired as the new head coach of the Middletown Area High School varsity baseball team.

Michael Lupia will be paid a stipend of $4,260 to coach the team during the 2017-18 school year, the school board decided in passing a motion to hire Lupia during the Jan. 23 school board meeting.

“I chose Middletown because I wanted to come back to my alma mater and get the baseball program going back in the right direction,” Lupia told the Press & Journal in an email.

Lupia replaces Steve Shuleski, who was an assistant coach with the varsity team before getting the head coaching job in 2014.

Shuleski submitted his letter of resignation in late fall 2017, district Athletic Director Cliff Smith told the Press & Journal.

Shuleski compiled a 36-47 record in his four years at the helm, with his best season at 12-10 in 2015.

The team under Shuleski made district playoffs in 2014 and 2015, finishing the seasons 11-11 and 12-10 respectively.

The team slipped to 4-15 in 2016, but improved to 9-11 in 2017.

Lupia played baseball, basketball and football at Middletown Area High School. He received a five-year baseball scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he played second and third base. He red-shirted due to injury one year.

After his sophomore season at IUP, Lupia played in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League for the Brockton Rox in Brockton, Mass.

Lupia graduated from IUP in December 2015 with a degree in Health and Physical Education, kindergarten through grade 12. He has dual state certification to also teach special education in grades 7 through 12.

Lupia was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Steelton-Highspire High School for one season in 2016. He has also been a varsity assistant baseball coach at Susquehanna Township High School.

Lupia is a gym teacher at the Sara Lindemuth/Anna Carter Primary School in Susquehanna Township.