Moschella taught more than game

Sunday Sports Mailbag

As a little girl, my greatest hope was to play for the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders.

I wanted to wear purple and gold and be coached by the legendary Mark Moschella. With hard work and help from my family, one day I achieved my dream, and I could not be more grateful.

Coach Moschella knows more about basketball than anyone that I know. He taught us how to execute an offense so that every time down the court someone would get an open layup.

He taught us how to stop dribble penetration, contest the shot and box out. He led my team, as well as three others, to a PIAA championship.

But, more importantly, Moschella taught every player he coached how to live. As we prepared for a game, he’d tell us, “It’s not about what they do, it’s about what we do,” and that’s how life is.

Regularly, he would remind us that our first priority should be God and our second should be our family.

He’d tell us that if we were ever in trouble, we could call him, and I am certain that every girl who played for Moschella knew he loved her.

He ended each practice with prayer — first to the Blessed Mother asking her intercession — followed by the words, “Dear God, be good to us, for the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.”

For three years, I was lucky enough to have Coach Mark Moschella as one of the people guiding my boat, and I, and hundreds of other Lady Marauders, will forever be grateful to God for being so good to us.

Mary Forr

Washington, D.C.

(The writer is a 2007 graduate of BG and a three-time Mirror all-star.)