Back Mountain residents coaching at Wyoming Area

First Posted: 11/24/2014

EXETER – Wyoming Area High School turned to two men with Back Mountain connections to try to turn around its struggling basketball programs this season.

Pete Moses, who spent the last two seasons as assistant coach at Dallas, has taken over the Warriors boys team that is coming off a winless 2013-14 season.

Chad Lojewski, a Shavertown resident, is the new girls coach at Wyoming Area.

Both men have extensive experience coaching on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) level, but are serving as high school head coaches for the first time.

Moses spent two stints and a total of five years as an assistant at Dallas. He has also coached the last 10 years on the AAU level.

Moses won state AAU titles as coach of the Luzerne Lightning in 2012 and the Wilkes-Barre Warriors in 2013. He coached the Wyoming Valley Sportsmen this past summer, but said he will have to re-evaluate whether to continue coaching AAU basketball after his first season at Wyoming Area.

“I can tell you that we’re going to play a new style of basketball,” Moses said. “We’re going to run. We’re going to fastbreak.

“We’re going to run a lot of our secondary offense off of rebounds or makes,” he continued. “Our philosophy is going to be to get it up the court. We’re going to try to get shots quick. We’re going to try to beat teams down the floor.”

Both coaches emphasized that they will try to balance improving results in the short-term with getting experience for promising young players who can boost their respective programs in the years ahead.

The Wyoming Area girls were 6-16 last season.

Lojewski first coached high school sports as a Crestwood football assistant in 1993. He has coached youth basketball in Dallas since 2000 and added travel and AAU experience in recent years.

“We will play hard on both offense and defense, but under control and with composure,” Lojewski said.

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