Coach Bill Gaffey
is the shootout director-he twice won the state championship as a coach-
1967 Altoona Bishop Guilfoyle
1980 Susquehanna Twp.

the coaches

We break the game down into special categories and copy the notes of our talented coaching staff working the Big 60-this what 

Some players will be named more than once

Dave Burman is our play by play announccer and one of the best in the business.  At work, he can be found at Lewistown Sports Radio- as Pennsyylvania's Roving Ambassador for Basketball you might find him in Allentown for the Steller Tournament or Sportsfest, in Harrisburg for the Smallwood Summer League, at the Pit in Chester, at the Bryce Jordan Center, or in the Palestra- but on June 1 you can find him leading his broadcast crew in covering the BIG 60 at Spooky Nook., the company that stands at the forefront of live streaming has changed the way recruiting and shootouts are being conducted- on April 6, 436 college basketball coaches signed onto their laptops to watch the Big 60, the most
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Bassem Azar
Isi Enahoro
Sayreville War M  (NJ)
Jeremy Breier
Shawnee King
Hammond (MD)
Anna Colbert
William McDaniel
Franklin (NJ)
Lindsay Chevlin
J.  Barrack Acad. (NJ)

POST PLAY.  Pete Newell wrote a book entitled "Basketball Post Play," he coached for 15 years at the University of San Francisco, Michigan State University and the University of California, Berkeley.  In the book, he stresses the importance of your players mastering the skills to operate close to the basket, and therefore controlling the game. Remember, every player should be prepared to play both offense and defense in this area!   One of our coaches on April 6, Alvin Kyle played in the post in both high school and college and these were his picks for  players making a difference in the post:
#10, Lindsay Chevlin, Jack Barrach Academy (NJ)
#18, Kayla Agentowicz, Lakeland
#27, Allison Warren, Pottsville BVM
#35, Amari Johnson, Dallastown
#60, Bryson Walton, William Allen H S
#72, Nicholas Dooley, J P Stevens (NJ)
#85, Damien Soto, Warwick
#98, Jeremy Breier, Ridgway
#99, John Castello, Mars Area
#106, Zion Williams, Central Valley (NY)
#202, Jaynell Robinson, Williamsport


Coach Alvin Kyle

PASSING.  Basketball is a team sport.  Success is created by teamwork, and passing is the key element.  Passing is an art.  Some can pass, but don't.  The ability to pass and the willingness to pass creates the teamwork, and builds the success of a program.  Remember, on the court at any one time, there are 10 players, but only one ball!  The following are players who impressed one of our coaches, Pharoah Vaughn, himself a player with the ability and willingness to pass the ball
#1, Niya Young, South River (MD)
#30, Kylie Herman, Governor Mifflin
#31, Caroline Stauffer, Ephrata
#42, Alexander DiRienzo, Charter School of Wilmington (DE)
#56, Basem Azar, Northampton
#60, Bryson Walton, William Allen H S
#66, Matthew Yedsena, Mahanoy Area
#70, Jordan Cipalla, Warwick
#93, Daniel Robial, Middletown South (NJ)
#124, Malik Jackson, Penn Wood
#130, Christopher Coffee, Snyder  (NJ)
The Steal.  Making a stop on defense is very important, but "one plus one makes two."  When a player not only makes a stop, but makes a steal it often leads to a basket. One of our coaches, Wayne Walters has traveled across the United States giving clinics on the "Swarm Defense."  The "Swarm" is designed to make stops that lead to scores.  The following players impressed him with their ability to make it happen:
#4, Shawnee King, Hammond (MD)
#5, Ashley McClain, Hollidaysburg
#18, Kayla Agentowicz, Lakeland
#36, Kelsey Collingsworth, Camp Hill
#52, Timon Gribbin, Cardinal Wuerl/North Catholic
#55, Alvin Lewis, Greater Grace Christian  Academy (MD)
#71, Tricia Erb, Conestoga Valley
#74, Praveen Morgan, Glenelg (MD)
#85, Damien Soto, Warwick
#102, Darryl Williams, Boys and Girls School (NY)
#158, Scott Loper, North Penn




Coach Phay Vaughn





Coach Wayne Walters

DEEEEfense!!  At any one time on the court, half of the players are on defense.  Their ability to stop the other team by remembering that defense is a team concept-being aware of the entire court,  guarding your player, providing  help on the ball, or taking the ball away with a steal defines the difference between winning and losing.  One of our broadcasters on April 6, Coach Jim Herzing directs the defense at Ridgway High School in District 9 which has made the state playoffs the last few years with tough D-
#5, Ashley McClain, Hollidaysburg
#14, Kassie Behler, Nazareth
#18, Kayla Agentowicz, Lakeland
#19, Melody Ann Young, Otto-Eldred
#27, Allison Warren, Pottsville BVM
#42, Alexander DiRienzo, Charter School of Wilmington (DE)
#50, John Capitosti, Homer Center
#73, Thomas Formulary, Rumson Fair Haven Regional (NJ)
#111, Garrett Oplinger, Northampton Area
155, Cole Christian, Chambersburg
#156, Connor Madan, Field School (DC)
#171, Zachary Gelman, Wissahickon


Joe Landolfi (left) from Altoona and Jim Herzing (right) from Ridgway, the color announcers in the Big 60 broadcast booth for the live streaming shootouts

MOVEMENT. Players need to be able to run the court and execute while on the move.  Players need to be able to cut toward the ball and know when to move away from the ball to make their team effective.  When to drive, when to dish! One of our coaches, Wes Soto has been a high school coach at both ELCO and Warwick and is considered a top teacher of the game-shown in this photo providing instruction to players at basketball camp on the value of movement:
Ashley McClain, Hollidaysburg
#7, Isi Enahoro, Sayreville War Memorial (NJ)
#35, Amari Johnson, Dallastown
#45, Keijuan Major, Indian River (DE)
#57, William McDaniel, Franklin (NJ)
#64, Shane Reenstra, Towle Institute (MD)
#73, Thomas Formulary, Rumson Fair Haven Regional (NJ)
#84, Christopher Shaw, Pompton Lakes (NJ)
#96, Brody Smith, Jersey Shore (PA)
#97, Chance Thompson, Red Lion Christian
#99, John Castello, Mars Area
Malik Jackson, Penn Wood
#156, Connor Madan, Field School (DC)
#181, Derek Lilly, Havre de Grace (MD)



Coach Wes Soto

THREE. The 3 point shot was first allowed in college for the 1979 season,  in the pros in 1980, and in high school in Pennsylvania in 1987. Shooting it is one thing, but making the shot on a consistent basis is the key.  One of our coaches on April 6, Chuck Cleckner was a sharp shooting guard on the 1980 Susquehanna Twp. State Championship team and these were his picks for  players showed that they could hit the three:
#11, Anna Colebert, Otto-Eldred
#23, Annie Kohutka, Pope John Paul II
#38, Myliesha Richardson, Ewing (NJ)
Andre Wiliams, Des Moines Prep (IA)
#51, Joshua Bucher, Cedar Crest
#52, Timon Gribbin, Cardinal Wuerl/North Catholic
#55, Alvin Lewis, Greater Grace Christian  Academy (MD)
#66, Matthew Yedsena, Mahanoy Area
#74, Praveen Morgan, Glenelg (MD)
#93, Daniel Robial, Middletown South (NJ)
#106, Zion Williams, Central Valley (NY)
Malik Jackson, Penn Wood
#132, Christopher Mathis, South Plainfield (NJ)

Coach Chuck Cleckner
Offensive Rebounding. The team that gets extra shots from offensive rebounds has the best chance to win and one of our BIG 60 broadcasters today, Joe Landolfi used this skill to help his team, Bishop Guilfoyle win the 1967  State Championship and sent him to the University of Massachussets where he was a teammate with "Dr. J" Julius Erving.  These were the players he singled out for work around the offensive glass:
#19, Melody Ann Young, Otto-Eldred
#33, Gabriann Luhr, Shamokin
#40, Andre Wiliams, Des Moines Prep (IA)
#54, Cole Morris, Union
#62, Austin Harris, Wilmington Christian School (DE)
#80, Cory Hicks, Summit Academy North (MI)
#83, Marc Rivera, Susquenita
Daniel Robial, Middletown South (NJ)
#99, John Castello, Mars Area
#110, Alquinton McNeil, Northampton Area
#111, Garrett Oplinger, Northampton Area
#173, Jacob  McIntosh, Westminster (MD)




Coach Mike Gaffey has coached both
high school and college; he directs the Pennsylvania/
Maryland Basketball Camp every year; he directs
the Roundball Classic for senior players; he is a
basketball consultant at Spooky Nook; and he runs
the on-court activity at the Big 60- on June 1, you will find him center court at the Shootout at Spooky Nook.

Montrel Morgan led New Hope as a sophomore, and he drew a lot of D-1 looks at our April 6 Big 60-remember the Big 60 is the only event which is live streamed and available to D-1 coaches.

Matthew Yedsena
Mahanoy Area
Thomas Formulary
R. Fair Haven Reg.  (NJ)
Shane Reenstra
Towle Institute (MD)
Bryson Walton
William Allen H S
Keijuan Major
Indian River (DE)
Nicholas Dooley
J P Stevens (NJ)