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Geibel hires boys basketball coach

| Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Geibel Catholic High School has hired Ed Kroupa to coach the boys basketball team.

Kroupa replaced Dan Andria, who coached the team for the past two seasons.

"I've been familiar with Geibel," Kroupa said. "They've had success in the past, and I'm looking forward to rebuilding the success."

Kroupa, 55, has a wealth of coaching experience. The new Geibel coach served as an assistant coach for the Yough boys basketball team for eight seasons and was head coach of the Yough girls team from 2002-04. In two seasons with the Yough girls team, Kroupa compiled a 27-22 record and made one trip to the WPIAL playoffs.

Kroupa, a resident of Penn, served as the boys coach at Adelphoi Village from 2007-10. While at Adelphoi Village, Kroupa guided the team to a 25-12 record, which included wins in the Pittsburgh Private School League and the Tri-County Christian League.

Kroupa is a 1974 graduate of Penn-Trafford, and he is excited about the opportunity to give a jolt to the Geibel boys program.

"I hope to be there a long time, and I'll bring a lot of energy to the job," Kroupa said. "We'll build organization within the program and we'll try to generate excitement about basketball."

Kroupa will have the option to select his own coaching staff, but so far, he has not named any assistant coaches.

Kroupa's energetic approach should be seen in Geibel's style of play.

"I like to jump defenses, and I like to run the floor," Kroupa said. "We'll do a lot of flex offenses. I believe that if you can break presses, play a little defense and shoot the basketball, you can win at the high school level."

Kroupa ran the Westmoreland Wolfpack AAU Basketball organization from 1997-2003. He is employed as the transportation supervisor at Adelphoi Village in Latrobe.

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