Head coach Joe Sinkovich
Head coach Joe Sinkovich

Hamburg Area football coach Joe Sinkovich has resigned after nine seasons on Hawk Hill.

Sinkovich informed the team after its loss to Bermudian Springs in District 3 Class AA playoff action on Nov. 8.

Sinkovich was the third-longest tenured head coach in the programs 45-year history behind Joe Leonzi (14 seasons) and Bill Sakusky (12 seasons).

He had a record of 48 wins and 48 losses which places Sinkovich third in wins behind Sakusky (52) and Leonzi (50). Sinkovich is the only football coach to post a non-losing career record at Hamburg Area.


Sinkovich took over a team that had won one game in 2004. In his first season the Hawks won four games and followed that up with an 8-3 season in 2006 and 7-4 season in 2007.

Hamburg Area made four District 3 and one Eastern Conference playoff appearances during Sinkovichs tenure.

The Hawks made their first district playoff appearance in 21 years when they lost to New Oxford in 2006.

Hamburg Area also made district playoffs in 2007 (Northern York), 2010 (Greencastle-Antrim) and 2013 (Bermudian Springs).

The Hawks also played at Scranton Prep in the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2008.

Four of the top five highest scoring seasons in program history were recorded with Sinkovich as head coach.

This season had its share of controversy, including a helmet swinging incident in Week 2 at Annville-Cleona and a video which showed a player throwing a football at a teammate during an offseason workout with Sinkovich present.