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Mark A. John hired to lead Penn State Fayette Men’s Basketball Team

7/22/2010 —
The Penn State Fayette Men’s Basketball Team is under new leadership with the hiring this summer of Mark A. John Mark A. Johnas the new head coach. John comes to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus from Laurel Highlands High School, where he served as the assistant coach for the girl’s basketball team.

John has a winning history as a coach. He was the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity boy’s coach at California Area High School from 2005-09. During his time there the Trojans won back-to-back Section 2A championships and were the WPIAL Runners-up in 2007. John also served in similar capacities at Connellsville Area High School (2004-05) and Laurel Highlands High School (2002-04).

A graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, John holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va., where he played basketball, earning a national All-Academic Team nomination in 1998-99. John also holds a master’s degree in elementary education from California University of Pennsylvania.

“We are positively thrilled to have Mark join our staff here at Fayette,” says Penn State Fayette Athletic Director Vince Capozzi. “Mark brings a lot of energy and passion to our basketball program. We believe he is the coach to take this program to the next level—which is to compete for championships.”

John says he has high hopes for the team this coming season. “With a humble approach and a workman-like attitude toward the job, the Fayette men’s team will be able to work cohesively, which should bring rewards. Without a positive attitude and true hard work nothing can happen.”

John says his success as a coach comes from the many opportunities he had along the way to play for and learn from a variety of legendary coaches including his father, Laurel Highlands High School Coach Mark John, as well as Connellsville Area High School Coach Nick Bosnic, California Area High School Coach Phil Pergoa, and Laurel Highlands Coach Don Santore. John’s great uncle is Fayette County Sports Hall of Famer Lash Nesser, legendary coach at the former St. John High School and later at Uniontown High School.

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