BVA tabs DeGregorio new basketball coach
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Belle Vernon Area has a new boys basketball coach.
But, he is not so new to the team.
Kyle DeGregorio was hired at Monday's meeting of the Belle Vernon Area School Board by a unanimous vote. His salary was set at $9,029 annually.
While DeGregorio's hiring did become official since last night, he has been working with the team in conditioning and summer workouts daily the last couple of weeks.
DeGregorio, who works as a guidance counselor at Baldwin, comes with a wealth of coaching experience.
While his last stint was an assistant to his brother, Dave, at North Allegheny High the last two seasons, he also served as a head coach for nine seasons at Baldwin (2002-11) and before that was head coach at Ephrata, Manheim Central and York Vo-Tech.
All told, he was a head coach for 21 years.
“I was very happy as an assistant coach at North Allegheny, working with my brother,” DeGregorio said. “But I was approached by (BVA Supt. Dr. John Wilkinson) and I respect him more than any administrator I ever worked with. We were together at Baldwin.
“The more we talked, the more I investigated and the more I liked the idea of coming here. Dr. Wilkinson was very influential.”
During his longest stint at Baldwin, DeGregorio guided the Highlanders to a 112-99 record with four WPIAL playoff appearances.
The last two seasons on the staff at North Allegheny, NA had WPIAL quarterfinal and semifinal seasons and went 22-5 in the 2012-13 campaign.
“He came off as very organized and energetic,” BVA Athletic Director Jesse Cramer. “I think he has a good vision for the program.
“He seems to have a total commitment to the entire program, from youth on up, and that was important to the board.”
Director Dan Sepesky, who is on BVA's athletic committee, echoed Cramer's sentiments on the new coach of the Leps.
“He is very organized and he knew exactly what he wants to do,” Sepesky said. “He has an impressive vision for the whole program.”
Sepesky added that since DeGregorio has been working with the Leps the last couple weeks, he has received good reports.
“I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from a lot of people in the community about him,” Sepesky said.
DeGregorio replaces Eric James, who coached BVA for two seasons and compiled an overall record of 6-37.
Over the last three season, the Leps are 7-56 after going 17-7 in 2009-10.
“Right off the bat, people will notice that we have more talent than they thought and they will see a more skillful team,” DeGregorio said of what BVA fans will notice next season. “These kids are in the gym two hours with me every single day working. That will pay off in the long run. They are willing to put the time in.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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