Nick Mandich Ready for Ringgold Head Coaching Challenge

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If familiarity, intensity, experience and a past record of coaching highlighted by success are any indications, Ringgold High School's new head girls basketball coach Nick Mandich should help the Lady Rams continue their winning ways.

Mandich replaces Joe Ravasio, who resigned after guiding Ringgold the past three years. Ravasio was also the Lady Rams' head coach from 1993 through 1997 and his cumulative coaching mark with Ringgold was 112-69. Mandich was Ravasio's top assistant coach during his second coaching stint.

Ringgold girls basketball produced a 17-8 overall record after a 19-8 mark in 2006-07. The Lady Rams qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs both seasons and also competed in the PIAA state tourney two years ago.

Ringgold returns three starters from last year including point guard Jennie Affinito and probable 1,000-point scorers Emily Schartner and Alina Selby.

"I am excited about taking over this program because I've been there for three years already and we have some great kids," Mandich said. "Many of them text messaged me during the selection process with their support, which obviously makes me feel good. I am excited to be their head coach."

Previously, Mandich was the head girls basketball coach at Waynesburg Central High School (1984-86), West Greene High School (1996-1999) and Trinity High School (1999-2001). He was a consecutive recipient of the Washington-Greene County Coach of the Year Award during his final two seasons at West Greene and was a Dapper Dan Roundball Classic Coach in 2000.

Mandich was also an assistant coach with California University of Pennsylvania's women's basketball program from 1987-91 where he helped the Vulcans achieve their first winning seasons and post- season appearances at the NCAA Division II level.

"We are pleased to have Nick Mandich as our new girls basketball coach," said Ringgold Athletic Director Lloyd Price. "His coaching resume speaks for itself and having been with the program under Coach Ravasio is a real plus. We are confident that Nick will do a fine job in continuing to establish our girls basketball program as one of the WPIAL's up and coming programs."

Mandich looks forward to moving back into the head coach's spot on the bench and credited Ravasio for letting the coaching staff having a hands-on involvement.

"Assistants can make suggestions, which can be followed or ignored," said Mandich. "With Joe, I was almost like an associate head coach because he and I worked together well. …