Gongloff returns to Huskies’ program

From Mirror reports

EBENSBURG – The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School family is very familiar with its new varsity head girls’ basketball coach. In fact, the individual is already part of the family and isn’t so new after all.

Bob Gongloff, 64, was recently named the head girls basketball coach, replacing Crystal Horton, who was not rehired at the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Gongloff compiled a 333-86 record in his 14-year stint with the Lady Huskies. His career at Carroll included his teams winning 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 (1994, 95, 97, 2001), four district titles (98, 2002, 2003, 2004) a Laurel Highlands Conference championship in 2003, and four Appalachian Conference championships (1994, 95, 99, 2000).

“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,” Gongloff said. “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.”

Gongloff will be assisted by Jim Murphy, who has served as Carroll’s head junior high basketball coach. Julie Kovach, Bishop Carroll’s junior high girls’ basketball coach last season also will serve on Gongloff’s coaching staff.

“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.”

Athletic director Joe Skura is happy Gongloff is back.

“I am very excited for the opportunities Coach Gongloff will bring our student-athletes,” Skura said. “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.”

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.

“I am excited-nervous,” Gongloff said. “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, who most recently coached at Penn Cambria, said it wasn’t too hard to explain his reasons for returning.

“I’m back for a combination of reasons,” Gongloff said. “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.”

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.

“I want to get the [Carroll] program back where it was,” he said. “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.”

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, along with junior Amanda Chumrik.

“With Mr. Gongloff as our new coach, I see a bright future for our team,” Krug said. “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.”