BC coach Gongloff retiring

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic High School announced on Wednesday that long-time girls basketball coach Bob Gongloff is retiring after 19 seasons at the helm.

Gongloff was head coach from 1991-2004, and returned to the bench in 2015 until this past season. He had a career record of 436-111 as the head coach of the Lady Huskies, and an overall coaching record of 453-155.

“Now is the time because I am not getting any younger,” Gongloff told the Mirror. “My grandson is getting older. I have been missing river fishing with him and basketball takes all summer. My grandson wants to go fishing. I am going to enjoy the evenings and do some fishing, spend some more time with the family,”

His teams claimed two state championships (2002 and 2003), two state runner-up finishes (1996 and 1998), seven District 6 titles (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016, 2017, and 2019), three Laurel Highlands Conference Championships (2003, 2018, 2019), and four Appalachian Conference titles (1994, 1995, 1999, 2000).

Last season was marred by an inseason suspension by the school of Gongloff over personal reasons. He later returned to coach the team, which went on to win the District 6 1A title with a victory over Purchase Line.

When asked if he could say he was retiring for good, Gongloff laughed while offering up a response.

“You never know, but if I come back, I would be one of the oldest coaches around,” he said. “I will miss the kids and the fun times we had. The kids were great. They were all willing to work hard. We had some good times. The dinners we had as a team and the fun on the court. Those were the best.”

He was a two-time Associated Press State Small School Coach of the Year (2002 and 2003), two-time Altoona Mirror Coach of the year (2002 and 2003), two-time Laurel Highlands Conference Coach of the year (2003 and 2019), and the PNC Coach of the Year (1996).

“Basketball, and life, are made up of peaks and valleys, and the valleys are what define you and help shape you as a person,” Gongloff said in a statement released by Carroll.

In addition to his coaching career, Gongloff has also spent the last 30 years as a PIAA basketball official.

“The Bishop Carroll Catholic community is tremendously appreciative of the years of dedication that Coach Gongloff has put into coaching our student-athletes,” Bishop Carroll CEO Lynn Weber said. “His knowledge of the game and ability to motivate our students on the court has been valuable in countless ways.”

An immediate search has begun for Gongloff’s successor. Letters of interest can be mailed to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, 728 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg, Pa., 15931, marked “Attention: Girls Basketball Coach Search Committee.”

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