Father Marc Stockton, President of the Shenango Valley Catholic School System, today announced that Christopher Mele has been named head coach of the Kennedy Catholic High School girls basketball team. Mele of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, brings 20 years of successful youth coaching experience to his new position.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Mele to the Kennedy Catholic community,” Father Stockton said. “His wealth of experience, commitment to enriching the lives of student athletes on and off the court, and understanding of the philosophy that guides our athletic programs make him the ideal person for this very important post. We’re confident he’ll continue and build upon the Lady Golden Eagle’s unparalleled winning tradition.”
Coach Mele will assume the helm of one of the most successful girls basketball programs in the history of Pennsylvania high school athletics when the 2013-2014 hoop season tips off in the fall. A perennial powerhouse, the Lady Golden Eagles have captured 16 PIAA District Ten titles and one State Championship (2001) since 1975.
Mele, who will not hold a teaching position at Kennedy Catholic High School, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is the Chief Operations Officer of Pyrotecnico, Inc. in New Castle.
Mele served as varsity assistant for the Sharon High School Boys (2009-2011), and the Reynolds High School Girls (1998-2000). He was also the Shenango High School girl’s varsity head coach (2001-2005). In addition he has coached elementary girls and boys in the Hermitage School District (2012-2013) and was the Union High School 7th grade boys coach (1993-1996).
Mele is also the head coach and director of the Western PA Orange Crush, an AAU program, for fourth and fifth grade boys and seventh grade girls.