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Yetter takes over as Mt. Pleasant hoop coach

| Saturday, July 2, 2011

Earlier this week, Jeromy Yetter was named coach of the Mt. Pleasant High School boys basketball team.

"When I found out, I was really excited," he said. "It's a great opportunity for me to go and lead the program and be with a great group of people, from the administration all the way through the community."

Yetter is a 1999 graduate of Indian Valley High School and a 2003 product of Lock Haven. Yetter, 30, replaces Tom Traynor, who died of pancreatic cancer in May. Traynor coached for 49 years at Pitt-Johnstown, Hempfield High School and Mt. Pleasant, racking up more than 600 victories.

"What Coach Traynor accomplished over his career is what all young coaches strive to do," Yetter said. "We spent time talking about basketball, and I think one of the biggest things that rubbed off on me was how to be a professional and a gentleman in this profession."

Yetter, an assistant at Latrobe High School during the 2010-11 season, has a wealth of coaching experience. He has served as an assistant at Washington & Jefferson, Tusculum and Slippery Rock, and he was the head coach at Pitt-Greensburg from 2008-10.

"I think it's a tremendous hire for Mt. Pleasant," Latrobe head coach Brad Wetzel said. "His knowledge base from his years of working as an assistant coach and then being the head coach at Pitt-Greensburg is tremendous. He has the ability to relate to the kids very well. I can't say enough good things about him."

Yetter has not had much time to get acquainted with his new team, but he has an idea of how he would like the Vikings to play.

"Ideally, we want to play an up-tempo style and be very aggressive all over the floor," he said. "We have to figure out our strengths, and then we will tweak how we will play so that we can match our strengths."

Yetter said he hopes to meet with most of the team next week, and he wants to get the group involved in at least one camp this summer.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I've heard nothing but great things about the kids."

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