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Five new coaches to join PSWS athlethics.
Five new coaches join PSWS athletics. At top left are Chris Sload and Joe Gibbons. At bottom, from left are Bill Kline, Jason Alers and Diana Kloss.
7/23/2013 —

As defending PSUAC Northern Division Champions, Worthington Scranton’s men’s basketball team will welcome new head coach, Chris Sload, this season.

Mr. Sload, assistant principal at North Pocono High School, has experience coaching at the high school, junior college and semi-professional level. He has coached boys’ basketball at Mechanicsburg High School, Wyoming Valley West High School, was an assistant coach in charge of player development for the Harrisburg Horizon, associate head coach at Dickinson College and most recently head coach at Johnson College.

During his time as head coach at Mechanicsburg High School, he led his team to two District III 4A tournament appearances, one of which resulted in a berth in the state tournament where the team finished fourth overall. In the six years he coached at Wyoming Valley West High School each of his teams qualified for the District II 4A tournament. In 2006 the team advanced to the state tournament, where they finished as the first round PIAA 4A State Tournament District II runner up. Later, he led his team at Johnson College to their first play-off berth in program history.

Coach Sload received his bachelor’s degree in art education from Towson University in 1995 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from McDaniel College in 1999. He resides in Dunmore with his wife Patti and their two sons Aiden and Carter.

Joe Gibbons, a former campus student athlete, will join Coach Sload as assistant men’s basketball coach. The starting point guard for Worthington Scranton’s men’s basketball team from 2008-2012, he was a standout at Holy Cross High School, where in 2008, as a senior, he earned the Coaches Award.

Mr. Gibbons is an assistant coach of the 21 Hoops AAU and last season he stepped into the role of voluntary assistant coach for the Lions helping them win their first division title in 12 years. This past May, he graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in business.

Worthington Scranton’s women’s basketball team, also defending PSUAC Northern Division Champions, welcome back assistant coach Jason Alers, another former PSWS men’s basketball standout, to their team this season.

Mr. Alers played forward for the men’s team for three years before taking on the coaching position. In his last season, Jason was named Player of the Week in the PSUAC. Jason is a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) where he plans on continuing to coach and also work in the field of child protective services in Scranton.

A proud father of two daughters, Kamryn ,6, and Celia, who was born in December, assisted Coach Tom McIntyre in guiding the women to their first PSUAC Northern Division title and play-off berth in program history last season.

After one of their most successful years, the Worthington Scranton women’s volleyball team will welcome new head coach Bill Kline as they enter the 2013 season.

Coach Kline has a wide range of coaching experience including 15 years of high school girls’ basketball and 12 years high school baseball. Most recently, he has coached boys’ volleyball at North Pocono High School and girls’ volleyball at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville.

A native of Pottsville who teaches in the Pocono Mountain School District, he  received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from Kutztown University in 1987, where in his spare time he played intramural volleyball. Bill resides in Pottsville with his wife Colleen and their three children, William,18, Kelsey,12 and Justin,11.

The third former campus athlete to join Worthington Scranton’s coaching staff, Diana Kloss, will assist Coach Gary Edtsrom with the men’s cross country team and the defending PSUAC Champion women’s cross country team.

Ms. Kloss ran for cross country for four years as a Lady Lion at Penn State Worthington Scranton, where she helped the team capture the PSUAC Championship multiple times. She has competed in four PSUAC State Championships and four USCAA National Championship races.

In 2010, she was named Northeast Woman of the Week by the Scranton Times-Tribune and received the Female Student Athlete of the Year for Penn State Worthington Scranton. In 2011 she received the John S. Egli Award for Most Outstanding Female Student Athlete in the PSUAC.

This past season Ms. Kloss finished her collegiate running career by earning a spot as a member of the PSUAC first team All-Conference.

She made the Dean’s List every semester at Penn State. After receiving four Academic All-Conference Awards, she earned a spot on the USCAA National All-Academic Team three times for cross country and once for softball. In 2013 she graduated from Penn State Worthington Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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