Corley to join Salvino's coaching staff
There will be some debate as to whether or not the Monessen Greyhounds will have the best team in Class A in boys' basketball this upcoming season.
However, there will be no debating that the Greyhounds will have not only the most decorated staff in the state, but possibly in the country.
Joe Salvino will return for his 30th season, bringing with him a coaching record of 541-220 with four WPIAL and two PIAA championships.
He will have a new assistant sitting next to him on the bench this season.
Major Corley, who guided the school's girls' basketball program for 23 seasons with a record of 457-149 with three WPIAL crowns and one state title, before retiring after the 2009 season, will be back on the bench.
Now the Greyhounds will have a combined 998 wins, seven WPIAL and three PIAA crowns at courtside in coaching experience.
“My top assistant, Cam Madison, told me recently that he would not be coming back and it was kind of late to be looking for a coach,” Salvino said. “I approached (Corley) last week and he said he would come back and coach. I'm really excited to have him. I think it will be a good mix. Having him with me will be a definite plus.”
Corley admitted that he always wanted a chance to coach the boys on the high school level and last season coached Monessen's Junior High team for a few games.
“News travels fast,” Corley said with a laugh when asked about coming out of retirement.
“Joe asked me to coach and I always did want to coach the boys,” Corley said. “This is my chance to do that. It will be different, but I'm looking forward to it.
“When I retired, I never thought I'd be back coaching again,” he added. “But this is a pretty unique situation and a place I've always wanted to be in.”
For years, the two coaching legends led their programs through unprecedented success at the same school.
Now they will be coaching together.
“I definitely won't be hurting for some good advice,” Salvino said with a laugh.
“Actually, it will be interesting because I'm more of a zone-style coach and Joe is a more in-your-face, man-to-man coach,” Corley said. “We have different styles, but basketball is basketball. It will be interesting to see how that works out. I'm sure I will have to brush up on my man defense because I know how Joe is.”
The Greyhounds currently have the WPIAL's longest running streak of qualifying for the playoffs with 31 straight years.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.