Boys’ basketball team seeks new coach


Trey Boore

Taking orders The basketball team huddles around coach Klausman. He shared a few words before the game against Cumberland Valley to make sure everyone knew the plan.

Alyssa Klein , Guest Reporter

The boys’ basketball team is looking for a new head coach. They are looking for someone who is knowledgeable of coaching techniques and procedures, someone with high energy and a positive attitude and someone who can effectively run a 6A boys’ basketball program, grades K-12.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2022.

There are many considerations when finding a new head coach for the basketball team. 

“We advertised about two weeks ago; we advertised it within the district and the state publications.  We also advertise it throughout some universities and different newspapers. I am starting to review some of the applications that we have in; I will then follow through with references. I then start the interview process and then we then make a recommendation, and it goes to the board for approval,’’ Athletic Director Phil Riccio said. 

There are numerous things that they look for in a person when they are trying to find a new coach. 

‘’The character, experience, their interpersonal skills and how they relate and communicate. Communication is key. Not just the coaching side but also the teaching and the individual,” Riccio said. 

Coach Jarrod Klausman is leaving the coaching position.

“I’ve always had a contract with myself during my coaching career. If the time commitment ever became too much for my family to handle, I would walk away at that time, without hesitation. As hard as it is to step away from the program, I truly feel this is the best decision for me and my family at this time,” Klausman said. 

Even though the head coach is leaving, he looks back with pride. 

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished with the entire program during my time here. Back to back District 6 championships for the first time in 34 years, started a sixth grade program and league from scratch, implemented a winter skills program for grades two through five, 120 kids coming to our elementary summer camp, several players that have moved on to play at the next level, asked to coach in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic and more than competitive in the very tough Mid Penn Commonwealth. I’m very proud of the overall growth of the program as a whole from when I took over to now,” Klausman said.