With only one varsity starter returning from last season, it may appear that the Glendale Area High School girls basketball program is facing a rebuilding task.
And if that is indeed the case, there may not be a better person to tackle the challenge than Glendale’s first-year head coach, Kurt Mattern, who is also a licensed dentist.
Mattern, 58, has had a plethora of successful coaching and life experiences from which to draw. Mattern, who grew up in Ligonier and still lives there, has 42 years of overall coaching experience to his credit — beginning with his high school days in the late 1970s, when he served as a YMCA basketball coach teaching the game to youngsters.
“I did volunteer coaching with boys and girls in the third through eighth grades for 12 years when I was in high school, college and even when I was in dental school,” Mattern said. “I’ve always had my hand in (coaching) since the 1970s.”
Mattern has also had a track record of achieving success wherever he has coached. He did so during his 14-year stint as the head boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley High School, and during his eight-year run as women’s head basketball coach at Penn State Fayette.
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