Camp Director and Coach Jack Loya
When it comes to bringing out the aggressiveness in players, there is no better coach than Jack Loya! A former standout football and also a basketball player at Clarion University, he has coached both boys and girls on every level of the game, from elementary through college.
Loya was a NBA professional scout for coach Bill Bertka, who later headed the NBA (National Basketball Association) draft. Loya scouted for Division 1 coaches on the East Coast.
His high school teams have won district, sectional, and regional titles, and his college teams have won tournament, regional, and conference championships. As recently as 2011, his North Star team was the PIAA Disctrict 5 champions, and they went all the way to the PA Sweet 16!. His teams win because he develops aggressive players!!! He was a successful coach at five colleges and five high schools. Besides coaching in the last five Distict V AA championships, Coach Loya was voted the WestPac Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010!
Coach Loya continues to excel as a player, too. He recently excelled at the International Shootout in Dallas, TX, The World Games in Utah, and won four gold medals in the 2009 Summer Pennsylvania State Games. He represented Pennsylvania in the 2007 Senior Olympics in St. Louis as a player! Currently Coach Loya has the highest win/loss percentage of any boys basketball coach at North Star High School (74.4%)!
Coach Loya was coach of the year in the Maryland 12 member JUCO conference. He has outstanding records at Cambria County Community College, Frederick College (Maryland), Mount Aloysius College, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University, Fairmont High School (Barrackville, WV), where he won the district, the region, and was two games away from the state championship of West Virginia. Loya's team lost to the eventual state champion by one point! Coach Loya is good working with big man fundamentals and shooting fundamentals. He demands teamwork from his players, one of the things some parents do not like. He has worked a basketball camp for a Professional Team (Chester Jets) in Great Britian. Coach Loya has coached four 7 ft players and 5 professional players, two of which are still playing, including 7'3 Marko Dujkovic from Belgrade, Serbia and Alex Khan from Slovakia. Dan George, a 6'10 player from Australia, has just retired.
Head Camp Coach Landon Loya
Coach Landon Loya is the current Men's Basketball Head Coach at Penn Highland's College in Johnstown, PA. He recently spent 2 years as the assistant Women's basketball Coach at Frostburg State University. Prior to that he was the head girls and boys basketball coach at Salisbury-Elk Lick High School. He has coached in numerous summer leagues, basketball camps, and other basketball programs. He is a former member of the CCACC mens collegiate basketball team, where he led the team in steals, and recieved the Academic Scholar Athlete Award. He was a member of the Johnstown Vo-Tech boys basketball team, where he was a Laurel Highlands Conference recipient, and he currently plays in various leagues and tournaments. Coach Loya has an abundance of knowledge on the game, and he will help you to succeed!
Phil Rimmer- Coach Rimmer is the boys basketball coach at Juniata Valley Middle School. He is a 6'9" former member of the Mount Aloysius College men's basketball team, Five Towns College men's basketball team, and CCACC men's basketball team. He also is a former pro player for the Manchester Jets Basketball League in Manchester, England.
Mark Wissinger- Coach Wissinger is the former Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Ferndale High School. He is currently the new Cambria County Commissioner. He is also the former athletic director at Ferndale H.S., and the former Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Johnstown Vo-Tech and Windber High Schools. He is a former member of the Division I Drexel University Men's Basketball Team.
Lana Loya- Coach Loya is the current Head Varsity Girls Basketball and Junior High Girls Basketball Coach at Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw, WV. She is a former member of the Mount Aloysius College Women's Soccer team, and also played basketball for Bishop McCort High School.
Stephanie Straka- Coach Straka is in her third year as a coach for the camp. She is the starting point guard for the Frostburg State University Women's Basketball Team. She is a former member of the IUP Women's Basketball team. Stephanie was an all conference player and 1000 point scorer for Conemaugh Township High School Girl's Basketball team.
There are also several other coaches and players that may be assisting you during the camp, as well as some guest speakers. You may work with:
Jackie Kimmel- Jackie is a current member of the Frostburg State Women's Basketball team. She is a former member and 1000 point scorer for the Berlin Girls Basketball team.
Greg Burke- Greg is the current Richland High School Varsity Boy's basketball coach. He is the former Windber Boy's basketball coach.
Charlie Puckey- Charlie is the coach with the most wins in the Johnstown Area! He is the former Richland High School Boys basketball coach. His son Scott, a former high school basketball player, often assists him.
Joe Black-A former outstanding basketball player
Scott Puckey- A Richland HS star guard has now joined us.
Matt Fox- the current North Star boys Coach, who got this year's team into the PIAA playoffs will join our team. Matt played for St. Mary's High School, a quad AAAA school.
Brandon McGarvey- he will be an assistant to one of our coaches, as he is working on his senior project. He will work with the youngest kids, giving them additional attention.