Wyoming Area head boys basketball coach Alex Brogna stepped down from his post Thursday after spending three seasons commanding the sidelines for the Warriors.
Brogna had been contemplating the decision since he and his Warriors concluded an 0-22 season, but that wasn’t the reason he’s stepping aside.
Brogna has a 6-year-old daughter along with a stepson in the Wyoming Area program.
“I’ve been doing this for 17 years,” he said. “I made the decision based on them and my wife. We did the best we could do this year. It was in the best interest of myself and program to step aside and give someone else the opportunity to step in.”
Brogna has been both an assistant and head coach at Pittston Area, and spent two seasons as an assistant at Marywood University prior to taking the job at Wyoming Area.
He coached 10 seasons at Pittston Area, including six seasons as the Patriots head coach from 2000-06, resigning after the 2006 season. He led the Patriots to the District 2 Class 3A final and PIAA Tournament in 2001-02.
Brogna was the catalyst behind the start of the Wyoming Area elementary basketball program, which has seen success at each level over the last few seasons.
“Kids are getting interested in basketball at a much younger age,” he said. “Those programs are all winning basketball games.”
Wyoming Area will have a nice core of players who have seen extensive playing time returning next season. Leading scorer Jeremy Zezza will be back for the Warriors. He was selected to the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 second team. He’ll be flanked by returners Evan Musto and Nick Gushka.
Sophomore Ryan Murray and sharpshooter Ryan Shulski will also be back.
“I honestly feel like I couldn’t give the program any more than I did,” Brogna said. “It’s all about them, not me.”
Wyoming Area athletic director Joe Pizano said the coaching position is now open and the search has begun.
“I didn’t want to throw the next coach behind the 8-ball,” Brogna said. “Now, I get to be a parent and a fan. I’m going to support them 100 percent because I still have a lot invested in this program. I want them to do well.”