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West Liberty’s Drahos Takes Over UPJ Women’s Program

July 17, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Johnstown, PA - The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has named former West Liberty University assistant coach Mike Drahos its new head women's basketball coach. Drahos replaces Sasha Palmer, who left Pitt-Johnstown after six seasons to be an assistant at Syracuse University.

Drahos, a native of Wheeling and a John Marshall High School graduate, joined head coach Lynn Ullom's Hilltopper staff as the head assistant coach prior to the 2008-09 campaign.

Drahos helped guide the Hilltoppers to a 107-47 overall record and two NCAA national tournament berths. He was also an integral part of coaching and recruiting eight all-conference honorees, two conference Player of the Year award winners, a conference Freshman of the Year, an NCAA Woman of the Year runner up, a Region Player of the Year winner, and a First-Team All-American.

His duties at West Liberty included recruiting coordinator, opponent scouting, conducting individual workouts, on-court instruction, weight training, digital editing, and academic counseling.

''I am honored to be named the next head Women's Basketball Coach at Pitt-Johnstown,'' Drahos said. ''I want to thank Dr. Spectar, Vice President Buxbaum, Athletic Director Pecora, and the search committee for this opportunity, and I am extremely excited to lead our team into a new era of Lady Cat basketball as we join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.''

Prior to his stint at West Liberty University, Drahos began his coaching career at his Alma Mater, Bethany College, as head Coach Aaron Huffman's top assistant for the men's basketball program.

During Drahos' two years as a Bison assistant, the Bethany men won 36 games, advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament for the fourth straight year and earned the program's third Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) title in four seasons.

A two-time PAC Player of the Year and three-time First Team all-conference selection at Bethany, Drahos was named to six All-Region teams over the course of his career and was a two-time NCAA Division III Honorable Mention All-American.

Drahos' 1,681 points and 877 rebounds still rank him among the top-five in school history. In his four seasons as a Bison, he helped lead Bethany to a 76-33 (.697) overall record, that included a pair of PAC titles and two NCAA Division III Tournament berths.

An outstanding student, Drahos was a Second-Team Academic All-American as a senior and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He holds a master's degree in Legal Studies from West Virginia University.

Drahos and his wife Courtney have a new born son, Miles, and will reside in the Johnstown area.

 
 

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