Kennedy Catholic High School announced Monday that Rick Mancino will return as men’s basketball coach.
Mancino, a former KC basketball player who led the Golden Eagles to four straight PIAA titles as a coach, stepped down after the 2020 season.
The following press release was sent by KCHS on Monday:
“Peter Iacino, CEO of Kennedy Catholic, today announced that Rick Mancino, the Kennedy Boys’ basketball coach from the 2009-10 through 2019-20 seasons, will return to the Kennedy bench.
“A graduate of Kennedy in 1986 and a member of that year’s state championship team, Mancino teams won four PIAA state championships during his previous coaching career.
“I’m glad Rick is back as a coach,” Iacino said. “I hired him in 2009 and during his years here, he ensured the stability of the program. I can’t wait to get that stability back,” he added.
“It came pretty quickly,” Mancino said. “I hadn’t expected this. If you had asked me the question two months ago, I would have said ‘what are you talking about?’ But it’s exciting. My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I got a lot of phone calls from former players and other people. It feels really good.
“I haven’t met any players yet. It will probably happen in a few days. I’m excited. I hope we can continue like when I was there before. I hope the kids are happy too. Kennedy is a great place to train. It really is.”
The Golden Eagles went 218-66 (76.7%) during Mancino’s 11-year tenure. He guided his Golden Eagles teams to four consecutive Commonwealth crowns – the last, 2019, in Class 6A.
Mancino played on the first (1985-86) of the program’s 10 state championship teams, scoring a game-high 25 points in a 55-44 win over Bristol at the old Hersheypark Arena. Overall, KC has 14 appearances in PIAA Championship games.
In the 2020 season, the injury-riddled Golden Eagles went 13-10 and fell to Erie in the District 10 Championship Game. It broke a 5-year reign (including four in a row in Class 1A) .
KC won its 27 District 10 championships in 2019. Last winter, the Golden Eagles won their 29th D-10 crown.
Ken Madison coached Kennedy last season. The Golden Eagles finished the season 24-5 and reached the PIAA West Finals for the 24th time. KC lost in the state semifinals to the powerhouse Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who won the state title for her 68th straight victory.
“There’s a lot of tradition at Kennedy,” Mancino said. “When I left, I think our school had the most state championships in the state. I don’t know if it still holds, maybe Imhotep or Neumann-Gorretti passed us, but we’re still near the top.
“I have a lot of great memories and hopefully we can build on more. We’re going to have raced and keep riding.
“I have people asking me about the four state championships – those aren’t going anywhere. It’s going to be a whole new group of kids and I hope over the next few years they let go. their own heritage.
“I’ve always said about Kennedy Catholic that it’s a family affair. Everyone supports everyone. The runs the coaches had before me were amazing and a lot of great players came through Kennedy. And the Kennedy community is very supportive.
“I think a little bit of the talk over the summer was negative, but I think people realize that Kennedy is doing really well right now. Hopefully we add more excitement. It’s going to be a challenge. , but I’m looking forward to it.
During Mancino’s previous coaching tenure at KC, he coached Sagaba Konate, who plays basketball in Germany, and Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky, who won prestigious Naismith and Wooden awards last season and was named player of the year by the Associated Press.