Boys' Coach of the Year: Bethel Park's Mike Mastroianni
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The Post-Gazette goes up close with Bethel Park's Mike Mastroianni.
Mike Mastroianni took over a below-average Bethel Park program in 2003. It took him only four years before he had the Black Hawks soaring above the rest of the WPIAL.
Mastroianni guided Bethel Park to the WPIAL Class AAAA championship this season for only the second time in school history. The Black Hawks finished with a 25-4 record.
But this wasn't the first program Mastroianni turned around. He did the same in three seasons at Keystone Oaks and eight at Quaker Valley, his alma mater. He also won a WPIAL title at Quaker Valley in 1997 and his record in 15 seasons is 246-139.
Mastroianni, 45, is assistant athletic director in charge of university programs at Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife, Karen, live in Robinson with their three children.
What was the biggest thing you had to change at Bethel Park? It was definitely the mindset, and just changing what was important and not important in becoming a successful program.
Favorite place to eat: Ground Round with my family.
Favorite TV show: I very rarely get to watch it, but I like "Cold Case."
Last concert you attended: That's a tough one to remember, but it's either Earth, Wind & Fire or Allman Brothers.
Something you'd like to get around to doing: Spending more quality time with my family.
Do You Have An iPod? I do. My kids gave it to me as a Christmas gift and loaded 500 songs on it for me. I use it when I run, which means I don't use it a lot.
People might be surprised to know that you...: That there is a lot more to coaching and building a basketball team than what people see on Tuesdays and Fridays.Lake Fong, Post-Gazette
Mike Mastroianni: 246-139 in 15 seasons.
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First Published April 8, 2007 12:00 am