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Rick Klimchock hired as Greensburg Salem girls basketball coach

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Rick Klimchock is entering his fifth year in charge of the girls program after more than two decades coaching boys teams. He said having girls as his charges might have led to a shift in his coaching style. File photo
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Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Rick Klimchock is entering his fifth year in charge of the girls program after more than two decades coaching boys teams. He said having girls as his charges might have led to a shift in his coaching style. File photo

Rick Klimchock is back on the WPIAL basketball scene.

The former Jeannette boys and Franklin Regional girls coach was hired Wednesday night as the girls coach at Greensburg Salem.

Klimchock, who lives about 50 yards from the Greensburg Salem campus, replaces Lisa Mankins, who resigned in March after three seasons.

“I wanted to get back into it and have my own program again,” said Klimchock, 60, who coached the eighth-grade boys last year at Greensburg Central Catholic, his alma mater. “Greensburg Salem appealed to me. My kids had some magical experiences there. It has a special place in my heart.”

Klimchock's son, Chris, and daughter, Laura, had stellar prep careers at Greensburg Salem before playing at St. Vincent.

Chris recently was named to the Under Armour 30-Under-30 list, presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Rick Klimchock has 306 career wins, including 243 at Jeannette, where he guided the Jayhawks to the WPIAL playoffs 13 times in his 14 years, including eight PIAA appearances. Jeannette won six section titles with him in charge.

At Franklin Regional, he made two playoff trips in six seasons.

He also coached AAU basketball and is a former assistant track and field coach at Greensburg Salem.

“The people at Greensburg Salem have been really supportive of me through the whole interview process,” Klimchock said.

As for style of play, Klimchock wants to play a fast pace. The Golden Lions will return one of the county's top players in junior guard Megan Kallock, who averaged 19.7 points last season for a WPIAL playoff team.

“I'm a gym rat,” Klimchock said. “We'll be in the gym a lot. I want to play fast. I want to instill confidence in the kids and create great memories and experiences for them. It's about the players, not me.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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