By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
It will be a different sight for Selinsgrove fans this upcoming winter, that's for sure.
After a 15-year career as the boys basketball coach, Ray Moyer will be replaced on the court for the Seals.
Mike Stebila was approved unanimously by the Selinsgrove school board earlier this month by a 9-0 vote to be named the new boys varsity basketball coach.
He replaces Moyer, whose squad went a disappointing 7-15 last year after three straight District 4 playoff appearances.
Moyer first coached Selinsgrove during the 1998-99 season, and in those 15 years, Selinsgrove has only missed the playoffs four times.
Stebila currently coaches cross country with Selinsgrove, but he has previous basketball coaching experience. Last season, Stebila was the JV boys basketball coach.
From 2004 through 2007, he coached the varsity girls at Midd-West during its first years of existence, and prior to that, from 2000 through 2004, was the boys JV coach at what was formerly Middleburg High School.
With the Mustangs, Stebila helped Midd-West go 16-11 in his second year, losing in the District 4 Class AAA semifinals,
Moyer racked up 189 career wins, while winning District 4 Class AAA banners in 2007-08 and 1999-00.
"You can't replace the shoes of Ray Moyer, there's no doubt about it," Stebila said. "He was so well liked and did such a good job. I'm just going to fill in as well as I can, and I'm very fortunate to have him at the high school and working with him and (will) use him as a source of information as we go on."
Stebila hopes to build upon the success that Selinsgrove is accustomed to over the years as well.
"I don't know the personnel as much as I'd like," Stebila, who was focused with the JV girls team last year, said. "I'm looking forward to getting into the gym to know the personnel a little better. Right now, we only have three seniors signed up and that was expected. Last year's junior class was a little thin, so we're going to be young, that's for sure."
When the position became available, Stebila jumped at the opportunity.
"Basketball is my first passion as far as sports is concerned, and the opportunity to get back to the varsity level (is what I wanted), and I do know some of the players. I coach cross country as well right now. I have a couple of players on my cross country team. They're good kids. I felt it was a great opportunity to be with them a little more."