Bob Gongloff, 64, has been named the head girls’ basketball coach on Huskie Hill. Gongloff compiled a 333-86 record in his 14 year stint with the Lady Huskies. Gongloff’s career at Carroll included his teams winning two back-to-back state titles in 2002 and 2003, two state runner-up placings in 1996 and 1998, five class A western final appearances, four elite eight appearances (94, 95, 97, 2001), four district titles (98, 2002, 2003, 2004) a Laurel Highlands Conference championship in 2003, and four Appalachian Conference championships (94,95,99,2000).
Gongloff is a retired mail carrier from Nanty Glo. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and four grandchildren. He has served as a PIAA basketball official since 1989.
“First of all, I am excited to be back and we have a solid group of young ladies in the girls’ basketball program at Bishop Carroll,” said Gongloff. “I really want to see the program get back to where it has been, with basketball that both players and fans will enjoy. I think we can accomplish this with hard work, dedication, discipline, and a good attitude. I believe the sky is the limit with these ladies.”
Returning to the helm, Gongloff will be assisted by Jim Murphy, who has served as Carroll’s head junior high basketball coach. Murphy was a standout player at Penn Cambria High School and Mount Aloysius College. Julie Kovach, Bishop Carroll’s junior high girls’ basketball coach in 2013-14 also will serve on Gongloff’s coaching staff.
Gongloff doesn’t believe much has changed since he left the post ten years ago. “People say the kids have changed, but I don’t think anything has changed,” he said. “If they are willing to be pushed, they can achieve their goals. There are more activities now available to students, and of course technology. I don’t believe that will take away from the focused ladies who are committed to a goal of winning and excelling. It won’t matter what’s out there if they really want to be great.”
Bishop Carroll Athletic Director Joe Skura said he is pleased to welcome Gongloff back to BC. “I am very excited for the opportunities Coach Gongloff will bring our student-athletes,” Skura enthused. “I have known him for years, and I know there aren’t many people out there with his knowledge of the game, discipline, and dedication to basketball. I believe Coach Gongloff is prepared to challenge our students all-around, making them better on and off of the basketball court. He is going to teach them life skills which will prepare them for the future.”
“I am excited-nervous,” Gongloff said of accepting the position. “I want to get on the court and get back to working with the kids. I’m ready to get them prepared for basketball and life in general. Hopefully, they can be prepared for their futures and I can help them do that.”
Gongloff said his philosophy in returning to the program will follow the lines of, “Winning isn’t everything but wanting to win is. Work hard, believe, and achieve… and dare to dream.”
“I’m back for a combination of reasons,” Gongloff explained. “It is in my blood and I’ve always loved to coach and work with kids. They have always responded to what we ask of them and been very successful. And, at the last Hall of Fame dinner Bishop Carroll held, hearing with the girls had to say humbled me and made me realize the impact I can still make.”
The goals of Gongloff and his staff are to shoot high and continue where he left off in 2004. “I want to get the program back where it was,” he said, speaking of the 2004 district title and western final appearance. “We need to have everyone on board with work ethic, dedication, discipline, and attitude if we are going to make it happen. These girls can accomplish anything they set their minds too.”
After leaving Bishop Carroll in 2004, Gongloff spent three seasons at Penn Cambria. Overall, he has more than 350 wins in girls’ basketball coaching Bishop Carroll and Penn Cambria teams.
The Lady Huskies have many leaders returning, including Britt Krug, who was named all-conference this year as a freshman, Alli Farabaugh, who will be a senior, along with current sophomores Lea Sammarco, Ellie Yahner, and Courtney Link and junior Amanda Chumrik.
“With Mr. Gongloff as our new coach, I see a bright future for our team,” said Krug. “Our potential was seen last year and I feel as if we did not reach our maximum. Looking at Coach Gongloff’s past, I am excited. I think our team needs discipline and we need to be pushed hard. With Coach Gongloff and Coach Murphy joining our program, I think we have found that push. Our future is bright and our team is more ready than ever to make a run at a state title, prove ourselves, and win another big title for Coach Gongloff!”
--Bishop Carroll Athletics
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