Saint Mark’s Hires New Wrestling Coach and Interim Head Girls Basketball Varsity Coach
As a Spartan Brian Willis was a two-time State Champion and High School All American. After graduating Saint Mark’s he wrestled at Division I Bloomsburg University from 2004-2009 and also earned Freestyle and Greco-Roman All American accolades.
“I’m excited to be coaching a program I was once apart of,” said Willis. “It’s my goal to place at the State Tournament.” Athletic Director Matthew Smith expressed that he’s “looking forward to the energy and tenacity Brian will bring to the team.”
Interim Girls’ Varsity Coach, Val Karch knows the ins and outs of the Girls’ Varsity program very well. She was Saint Mark’s point guard from 1992-1995 and later joined the coaching staff in 1999 as Assistant Coach to John Fiorelli and won three state championships (2000, 2001, 2002). During the 2002-03 season she became the Girls’ JV Head coach and still served as the varsity assistant.
“Val accepting the interim head coach position is a natural progression and I’m very confident in her ability to lead,” said Athletic Director Matthew Smith. Karch is stepping in because former Head Coach, Kayla Miller resigned to pursue other opportunities. Miller served as the Head Coach during the 2014-15 season, succeeding long time Head Coach John Fiorelli (1989-2002; 2006-2014).
“I’m excited for this season to start! The girls were understandably disappointed about Kayla leaving but they’re a resilient group. I don’t doubt their ability to pull together and move forward,” said Karch.
The Athletic Department is reopening and expanding the search for Head Girls’ Varsity Coach. Matthew Smith added, “I am looking forward to conducting a broader search because it reemphasizes the school’s commitment to strengthening our athletic programs.”
Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.