If these are the summer doldrums, that's news to Chris Podsobinski. Not that he is complaining.
This week will be capped off by Podsobinski getting married. Last week ended with him becoming the new head coach of the Lansdale Catholic boys basketball team.
"It's been a lot of great things happening at once,' he said. And it's been pretty hectic.'
An assistant at North Penn the past three seasons, Podsobinski — a 2003 LC graduate who officially got the job last Friday — takes over a Crusader program he helped lead to a PAC-10 title his senior year.
"I think it's a dream for anyone who ever played high school sports,' said Podsobinski of coaching his alma mater. "There's a lot of history there... a lot of legacy (at LC).'
Podsobinski takes over for Ed Enoch, who left Lansdale Catholic in June after three seasons to become the head coach of Hatboro-Horsham of the Suburban One League Continental Conference. Podsobinski goes the opposite way, leaving the SOL Continental for the Philadelphia Catholic League.
The Crusaders went 25-43 under Enoch and made the PCL postseason the past two years, but have yet to earn a playoff victory since joining the league in 2008-2009. Last season, the Crusaders went 10-12, droppings their PCL first round matchup with West Catholic 48-45 on a buzzer beater by the Burrs' Jahmil Harris.
Lansdale Catholic graduated almost all of its roster from 2013-2014 — including second team all-league selections Brian Rafferty and Andrew Riviello — so LC will have a new look on the court as Podsobinski makes his first trip through a PCL that features some of the state's best programs.
"Hopefully we can maybe steal one or two there, maybe open some eyes,' said Podsobinski, who is a teacher at Centennial School District's Klinger Middle School in Southampton.
Podsobinski attended Owen J. Roberts before transferring to Lansdale Catholic his senior year, playing forward for a 2002-2003 Crusaders side that went 20-7.
"Going there as a senior was the best basketball decision I ever made,' he said.
The Crusaders won the PAC-10 championship by beating Owen J. Roberts — Podsobinski scoring 12 points against his former school in the conference title game victory.
LC, however, came up short two wins short of earning a third straight District 1-AAA title, falling to Harriton in the district semifinals. The Crusaders then missed out on PIAA play after losing to Oxford in the third-place game.
"In the PAC-10, annually LC was always up in the top,' Podsobinski said. "It's kind of a reversal of roles (being in the PCL). The playing field's a bit different now.'
After a year at South Florida, Podsobinski headed back to the area to attend West Chester University, starting his coaching career while still in college as a Lansdale Catholic assistant under his former head coach Tom Kehoe. He spent three seasons as a LC assistant — 2005-2008 — then was off the sidelines until becoming part of John Conrad's staff when Conrad took over North Penn in 2011.
The Knights have gone 31-37 in the three seasons under Conrad. Last year, North Penn went 11-12, shared the SOL Continental title with Central Bucks East, Central Bucks South and Pennridge and qualified for the District 1-AAA postseason for the second straight season, falling to Abington 61-44 in the first round.
Now in charge of his own team, Podsobinski said he will draw on what he learned from both Kehoe and Conrad. But the main philosophy he is bringing to the Green and Gold is something that has always brought him success on the hardwood.
"I'm a defensive guy,' he said. "That's what I hung my hat on when I played.'
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