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Coaches fresh and seasoned take over Mercury winter sports programs – papreplive.com

It’s a return to familiar surroundings for Jack Flanagan … albeit in a different role.

Flanagan, the first head coach of the Pope John Paul II boys basketball program, is back on the parochial-school environment. He replaces T.J. Lonergan, who held the post of girls basketball head coach the previous three seasons.

Flanagan brings more than two decades of high school basketball coaching experience to his latest job. He was a basketball coach at the former Kennedy-Kenrick High school prior to taking over at PJP, where he led the Golden Panthers to the 2011 Pioneer Athletic Conference title. He spent five seasons leading PJP before logging another five at Pottsgrove.

Flanagan’s coaching credits include four teams that qualified for the PIAA State Tournament, and selection as Boys Basketball Coach of the Year from the Pottstown Mercury and Norristown Times Herald in 2011, when the PJP boys became the fledgling school’s first league champion.

Flanagan played scholastically at then-Bishop Kenrick before moving on to Cabrini College.

“We are thrilled to have Jack return to the PJP sidelines, this time coaching our girls team,” PJP athletic director Joe Trainer said at the time of Flanagan’s hire.

Deanna Mayza has taken another step — a decidedly upward one — in her involvement with The Hill School girls program,

The Class of 2013 graduate played scholastic ball there, then returned to the renowned prep school as an assistant to Jennifer Weisbach in 2019. Now she takes the reins of the program from Weissbach, who led it for the past six seasons.

“I am very excited to be back at my alma mater, and a place that helped mold the person I am today,” she said.

Mayza went on to play Division I basketball at the University of Hartford following her graduation from the Hill. Off a successful collegiate career, she played professionally overseas in Denmark and Lithuania.

At Phoenixville, Tracey Sterling is stepping up in the girls’ program’s hierarchy. Assistant to Brian Grashof last season, she helped forge a 9-1 record in the PAC’s Frontier Division (10-6 overall) and berth in District 1’s Class 5A playoffs.

A former special-education teacher at Phoenixville who previously served as an assistant at various high schools in Florida before landing in Phoenixville, will bring a familiarity with the student/athletes, the school and the PAC.

“We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue to grow the program and build off last season’s success,” Sterling said in a press release issued by the school at the time of the announcement. “We intend to advance the program while providing our student-athletes the opportunity to succeed on and off the court. I would like to thank the district administration for their faith in me and allowing me to continue to serve this great community.”

At Upper Merion, Jennifer McCarthy is looking to tap into her considerable playing and coaching experience as she works to reverse the Vikings’ fortunes. …….

Source: https://papreplive.com/2021/12/12/coaches-fresh-and-seasoned-take-over-mercury-winter-sports-programs/

It’s a return to familiar surroundings for Jack Flanagan … albeit in a different role.

Flanagan, the first head coach of the Pope John Paul II boys basketball program, is back on the parochial-school environment. He replaces T.J. Lonergan, who held the post of girls basketball head coach the previous three seasons.

Flanagan brings more than two decades of high school basketball coaching experience to his latest job. He was a basketball coach at the former Kennedy-Kenrick High school prior to taking over at PJP, where he led the Golden Panthers to the 2011 Pioneer Athletic Conference title. He spent five seasons leading PJP before loggin…….

It’s a return to familiar surroundings for Jack Flanagan … albeit in a different role.

Flanagan, the first head coach of the Pope John Paul II boys basketball program, is back on the parochial-school environment. He replaces T.J. Lonergan, who held the post of girls basketball head coach the previous three seasons.

Flanagan brings more than two decades of high school basketball coaching experience to his latest job. He was a basketball coach at the former Kennedy-Kenrick High school prior to taking over at PJP, where he led the Golden Panthers to the 2011 Pioneer Athletic Conference title. He spent five seasons leading PJP before loggin…….

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