The winningest basketball coach in Blair County history announced his retirement today.
Mark Moschella, who has guided the Bishop Guifoyle girls’ basketball program since 1991, informed his team today that he’s stepping down as girls’ basketball coach.
In that time, Moschella coached BG to 627 victories and coached the Lady Marauders to four PIAA state championships (1993, 2007, 2009, 2010). The 2006-07 Lady Marauders set a school record with 31 wins.
“There aren’t words to justify the impact that Coach Moschella has had on girls’ basketball at Bishop Guilfoyle and in Blair County,” Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic athletic director Mike Cacciotti said. “Coach Moschella has brought great success and honor to Bishop Guilfoyle. He has impacted so many lives. Our Bishop Guilfoyle school family and our basketball players are greatly indebted to Coach Moschella.”
Nearly as impressive as Moschella’s win total has been the consistency of the program. Since Moschella became coach, the Lady Marauders have won fewer than 20 games just six times. BG has often played in a conference with much larger schools like Altoona, Hollidaysburg and State College in the Mid-Alleghenies Conference, and Lewistown, Indian Valley, Tyrone and Central in the Mountain Athletic Conference.
Currently, Bishop Guilfoyle competes in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference with the likes of state powers like Forest Hills, Bishop Carroll and Bishop McCort.