Moschella emphasized life’s values

I am writing to add perspective to Mark Moschella’s coaching career following his recent retirement as head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team.

To the start the season off, Coach Moschella sat us down and listed our priorities on the board.

With coach’s many state, District 6 and league championships, you’d assume that he’d tell us basketball is our number one priority, but that couldn’t be any farther from the truth. He listed our priorities as: 1) God; 2) family; 3) school; 4) basketball; 5) friends.

We prayed as a team, and he emphasized the importance of family.

I remember the entire coaching staff coming to my wedding, and he always made sure we were all doing well in school. If you are reading this today, I encourage you to follow Moschella’s list of priorities. Put God first and make your family a priority. The successes will follow.

Moschella had an itinerary for each practice, everything had a purpose, and he had us prepared for each game.

My senior year we were outmatched every game in the playoffs but never outcoached. We played with heart and passion, and we made it to the state championship game. I know Bishop Guilfoyle would not have nearly as many trophies and achievements without Moschella and his entire coaching staff.

However, what are most prominent are the life lessons he taught us. The wonderful example he was for each and every one of us.

Lastly, there is famous quote by Henry Adams that makes me think of Coach Moschella, “A teacher affects eternity: He can never tell where his influence stops.”

This can most certainly be said about Coach Moschella. It’s hard to tell how many lives he blessed, but I’m very thankful to be one of them.

Angela (Greaser) Detwiler


(The writer was a Mirror all-star from 2002-04 and helped lead BG to the PIAA title game in 2004).