There was no hesitation.
When Pete Moses was made aware of the Wyoming Area boys basketball head coaching position, he knew that’s where he wanted to be.
At a board meeting on Tuesday night, Moses was selected as the new head boys basketball coach. Moses said that the Wyoming Area position was a job he coveted. But the the school board wasn’t finished there.
Chad Lojewski will take over the girls program from the departed Ryan Kennedy.
“I’ve always been involved in the (Wyoming Valley Conference),” Moses said. “I know the caliber of student-athlete at Wyoming Area. I’ve been impressed in the program. When I saw the struggles, I really felt like that was a place where I would like to go to make a difference.”
Moses is the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre Warriors, an AAU team comprised of high school players from Wyoming Valley Conference schools Hazleton Area, Meyers, GAR and Crestwood.
He’s coached nearly all levels of basketball in the Wyoming Valley over the past 18 years — everything from junior high to AAU. This will be his first head coaching position.
“I believe that there are a lot of student athletes walking around these halls and they need to know basketball is fun and competitive here,” he said. “We want to get them excited about basketball again and get the program back on the map.”
“There’s talent here,” he said. “I said, ‘Listen, a lot of people are talking about how good this team can be three or four years from now.’ That’s not fair to the seniors. We have to improve this year. We want to try and right the ship much sooner than that.”
“I’m looking forward to being with these kids and seeing the look in their eye when they are on the court and see the excitement level when they step on the court,” he said. “I didn’t see that in them (in previous years).”
Lojewski has been part of the Dallas Youth Basketball League for many years. He’s been an AAU coach as well, with The Rock in the Back Mountain.
“Coaching basketball has been a passion of mine for many years,” he said. “The thing I’m excited about with Wyoming Area is the kids. The student athletes are great kids. My job is to get the community engaged and bring the program up a little.”
Lojewski, a Dupont native, has 20-plus years of experience coaching basketball — many of those spent coaching his son and daughter. He’s familiar with some of the players on this year’s team from that experience with AAU.
“To have that familiarity with the players is great,” he said. “But we’ve got some work to do.”