By Tom Robinson
JB Hoops alum Kirk Fallon will have three current JB Hoops players with which to work when he begins his first head coaching job next month.
Fallon returned to his alma mater to become the new head girls basketball coach at Susquehanna. He was appointed to the position in late September, a month after beginning a position in the school district as an elementary physical education teacher.
The Lady Sabers return JB Hoops players Taylor Huyck, Mackenzie Steele and Bethany Maby from a team that won Lackawanna League Division 4 and District 2 Class A championships.
The combination of teaching and coaching basketball follows the plan Fallon had when he graduated from Susquehanna in 2008.
“That was always in the back of my mind,” Fallon said. “I went into college hoping that I’d be able to keep basketball as a part of my life and, obviously, being a teacher makes things a little bit easier.”
Huyck and Steele, both juniors, were first-team division all-stars, according to NEPABasketball.com, while Maby was a second-team choice.
“I know expectations are high and they should be,” Fallon said. “I’m excited to get to work with a team that’s in a good place.”
Fallon takes over for Errol Mannick, the division Coach of the Year in 2017-18, who left to take a coaching position at Lackawanna College.
Fallon played one season at King’s College before playing three seasons at Marywood University where he earned his degree. He coached junior high boys at Forest City for two years before spending the last four as an assistant coach with the Keystone College men’s team while also working as a substitute teacher.
“I’m more focused on the things I can control like defense, working hard, being a team that is known for being tough, getting on the floor and things like that,” said Fallon, who indicated that offensive philosophies may fluctuate from year to year, depending on available talent.
As a senior at Susquehanna, Fallon helped the Sabers to a District 2 Class A runner-up finish and state tournament berth.