Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Paul Romanczuk's 15-Year Coaching
Career at Archbishop Carroll High (2003-04, 2006-18)
This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recap of win in state championship game and (at the bottom) the
names of all varsity players during Coach Romanczuk's 15 seasons. . . . To provide additions/corrections:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Paul Romanczuk coached basketball at Archbishop Carroll for 15 seasons (2003-04, 2006-18), winning 283 games and the 2009 Class AAA state championship; that was the first for a Catholic League member. Here is that story . . .
By Ted Silary
STATE COLLEGE -- So now the vacation begins for Juan'ya Green.
League / Overall
2003: 7-7 / 14-12
2004: 6-8 / 9-16
2005: medical leave
2006: 3-11 / 12-13
2007: 6-8 / 10-16
2008: 8-6 / 14-11
2009: 14-2 / 27-3
2010: 14-2 / 24-5
2011: 11-2 / 21-6
2012: 11-2 / 20-8
2013: 10-3 / 23-7
2014: 11-2 / 23-5
2015: 11-2 / 23-7
2016: 12-1 / 23-4
2017: 7-6 / 20-9
2018: 10-3 / 20-8
22 Seasons, 1987-2008
League - 141-65
Overall - 283-130
Appearances Ended in . . .
2009, 2012, 2013, 2014,
2015, 2016, 2018
DJ Irving's three-pointer on a
pass from sub Romance Turner made it 25-16. Green, on a pass from Irving (17
seven steals), added a fast-break layup and Andre Wilburn (12 points) followed with a steal and drive for three-quarters
court and a layup. Ben Mingledough also was a factor, thanks to eight points and six boards.
The only drama in the second half centered on when Romanczuk would satisfy Carroll's rabid student rooters and wave
Mike Lauer to the scorer's table. It happened with 4:09 left. A kid immediately yelled, "Lauer, don't pass the ball! " Mike
didn't listen, at first. He tried for assists. But down the stretch, he did go 0-for-2 on treys.
While accepting their medals and championship trophy, Romanczuk and the Patriots were standing roughly along the foul
line, and foul line extended. Perched nearby on the baseline, beaming and dreaming of a similar moment, were the members
of Carroll's girls' team. They'll play tonight at 6 o'clock in their own AAA final, vs. Lampeter-Strasburg.
The floor joy was followed by a stint on the PCN cable network for interviews with Romanczuk and several starters. Little
by little, a program assistant convinced more and more of the subs to enjoy the moment by filling in behind.
Then, with the arena's lights mostly dim, everyone returned to the court to pose for pictures with the trophy and family
members. That session finally ended at 10:37.
Earlier, Romanczuk had been hit with what he acknowledged was a very tough question. In light of the fact, as a star
forward, he'd helped pace Carroll to the 1994 CL title . . . How do the playing/coaching feelings compare?
"I still think that nothing beats playing basketball," he said. "But, man, coaching and winning this championship is a very,
very close second."
This story was written in 2009 after Paul guided the Patriots past N-G in a state
quarterfinal . . .
By Ted Silary
Pat Daly briefly insisted he does not drive his teammates crazy during Archbishop Carroll High's basketball practices.
Then he smiled and added, "Not that much, at least."
Hey, it's his job to drive them batty.
You think he'll give you an uncontested drive to the basket? No way. He'll scramble to a spot, plant his feet, maybe
say a quick prayer and - thud - take your best shot before tumbling backward to collect yet another black or blue mark.
"He hurts people," cracked star guard DJ Irving.
The Pat Daly Story is one of persistence. Just like his ballclub's.
If you happened to take a peek at yesterday's Daily News, you learned Carroll had fallen to Ss. Neumann-Goretti (and
forerunner St. John Neumann) 18 consecutive times (and twice this season) dating back to 2000-01. The skid did not
reach 19, in part, because Daly is willing to bounce on his, um, butt.
Carroll 70, N-G 65.
That was the score last night in a wonderful (though foul-plagued) PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal before a crowd at
Archbishop Ryan that was about 60 percent of capacity.
The Patriots showed hints of emotion as the final buzzer sounded, then roared down a hallway that led to a distant
classroom. Some players' feet might have even touched the floor. Once inside, they exchanged 1,247 hugs/hand slaps
(rough estimate) and then clapped in unison as an assistant coach bellowed several times, "We got the monkey off our
Soon, coach Paul Romanczuk, referring to the Catholic League and state titles, was telling his players, in a surprisingly
calm tone, "They got our one goal. They weren't going to get our other goal."
After the Patriots changed their clothes and returned to the gym, they were greeted in spirited fashion by maybe 100
As you might expect in this important an accomplishment, heroes were numerous.
And Daly showed they can come from unexpected places. And earn their praise exclusively because of a desire to
make sacrifices. The own-body variety, for instance.
Daly, a 6-5, 215-pound senior, scored no points as Carroll's sixth man; he missed his only shot. Didn't even grab a
rebound. But he dove on the floor at any and all opportunities and, best of all, three times he stepped in front of N-G
guys to take charges.
Each time, the Patriots - on the floor, and on the bench - roared their approval.
"We go over that all the time in practice. Just stepping in. Taking one for the team," said Daly, who sported a wicked
scratch on the back of his neck. "Coach Paul preaches that the team is more important than the individual. That's our
hilosophy. We build on that.
"Coach Paul is always saying, 'Take the charge! . . . Take the charge! . . . The little things make the difference!' "
By now, Daly knows that it pays to listen to Romanczuk.
As mentioned earlier, Pat's story is one of persistence. Truth is, it featured hesitancy before Romanczuk opted for
Daly was cut from the CYO team at St. Anastasia in Newtown Square as an eighth-grader. Got sliced again when he
tried out for Carroll's freshman team. Didn't bother to give the program another whirl as a sophomore because he
figured, "Why go through that again?"
But he was growing. After entering Carroll at 5-8, he was up to 6-4 by late fall of his junior year. Romanczuk
happened to see Daly running up and down the court during an open-gym session and asked him to show up for
"I missed that first one," Daly said, sheepishly. "Still a little nervous, I guess . . . He came looking for me."
In effect. What Romanczuk did was have [a school employee] reinforce the notion that Pat should put in a tryout
appearance. The rest is you-know-what.
"I knew I'd see some time this season," he said. "Just didn't know how much. I back up [classmate] Kasheef Festus.
I bang him around in practice. Not only does that make him a better player, it makes me better, too."
Because of gamelong foul miseries, Festus had to settle for three points and seven rebounds. Irving (26), Juan'ya
Green (16), Andre Wilburn (14) and Ben Mingledough (11) combined for the rest of the points, while Wilburn led
in rebounds (10).
Green, largely quiet beforehand, packed 12 of his points into the fourth quarter . . . after Irving had lit up the third
Included in DJ's total were three consecutive treys. He hit the last - with a straight-on dead swish, in fact - from
three-quarters' court while beating the buzzer. The miracle shot made it 44-39.
"I did that my freshman year vs. West Catholic. Same way. Same spot," Irving said. "I knew it was going in. It
gave us energy going into the fourth quarter, which was exactly what we needed."
Overall, the Patriots went 28-for-38 at the line. N-G was 9-for-22.
Though Carroll led, 58-50, with 4:09 left, the Saints roared back almost exclusively behind junior guard Tony
Chennault, who already has committed to Wake Forest. He scored 10 of his 21 points down the stretch, and his
follow reduced the lead to 65-63. Irving and Green combined to go 5-for-6 at the line thereafter.
" refused to lose to them again," Irving said. "I wasn't going to let my seniors go out like that."
Chennault added 11 rebounds and three steals. Niagara signee Andre "Scooter" Gillette totaled 14 points, eight
rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Carroll will play York Suburban, a 47-35 winner over Crestwood, in a Tuesday semifinal. Details to be announced.
This much is already known: In practices beforehand, Pat Daly won't change.
Uh! . . . Uh! . . . Uh! That's him taking shots to the chest from teammates, who, deep down, are appreciative.
This story was written in 2011 after
Carroll's Juan'ya Green tied a Catholic League
playoff record . . .
Kyle Locke no longer stands
alone atop one of the Catholic League's most noteworthy basketball mountains
specifically, the one reserved for guys who have enjoyed major point outbursts in playoffs.
In the 1992 CL final, Locke, a forward, exploded for 39 points as Roman Catholic bested Cardinal Dougherty.
Last night, in a quarterfinal, senior guard Juan'ya Green rang up the same amount of markers as Archbishop
Carroll topped visiting St. Joseph's Prep, 72-65.
The Niagara signee shot 12-for-17 from the floor (two treys) and 13-for-15 at the line. He also notched six
rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal.
He finished the first quarter with four points, all on free throws; he'd attempted only one shot from the floor.
Carroll posted 20 field goals over the final three sessions. He was responsible for 18, scoring 12 and assisting
"Juan'ya willed us to victory," coach Paul Romanczuk said. "He was determined that this was not going to
be his final Catholic League game. Prep was hitting shot after shot, doing a great job. Every answer we
eeded, Juan'ya provided it.
"Thirty-nine points and seven assists . . . It was like he was responsible for pretty much all our points."
For Prep, the scoring leaders were sophs Stephen Vasturia (27) and Miles Overton (26).
In CL playoff history, no one aside from Locke and Green has surpassed 32 points.
This website item about unusual circumstances was written in 2014
In back-to-back 2014 Catholic League regular season
games, played Jan. 31 vs. O'Hara and Feb. 2 vs. Ryan,
15 and then 14 of Archbishop Carroll's varsity players made their way into the scorebook. The combined total
of scorers was 16. Thirteen players scored in both games. Jimmy Covello and Damone Jones scored vs.
O'Hara, then did not vs. Ryan. Brian Mulligan did not score vs. O'Hara, then did vs. Ryan. In league play,
over the last 20 seasons, no CL team had produced more than 13 scorers in one game. If 15 scorers is an
all-time city leagues record, that would not be a surprise. Against O'Hara, Carroll's leading scorer was Ernest
Aflakpui with nine. Filling that same bill vs. Ryan was Derrick Jones (17).
Coach Paul Romanczuk said his starters played only two-three minutes into the third quarter vs. O'Hara
before becoming spectators. Eleven guys scored two to four points. The Patriots used 16 players. Mulligan
played about five minutes, Romanczuk figured, but never attempted a shot. With a free throw, Quadere Allen
became the 14th scorer. With a breakaway layup off a teammate's steal/pass, Damone Jones (no relation to
Derrick) became the 15th.
Recaps of victory in
state championship game . . .
At Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center
Carroll 75, Greensburg Salem 54: The Patriots, who had to capture a winner's in-loser's out District 12 consolation just to make the tournament, completed a strong state-title run with amazing balance. Kasheef Festus (18), DJ Irving (17), Juan'ya Green (16) and Andre Wilburn (12) reached double figures in points and Ben Mingledough came close with eight. All five of those guys also claimed from five to seven rebounds. Carroll won the middle quarters, 41-20. Irving made seven steals. Green had five assists. This was the second game of a night doubleheader. In the opener, O'Hara's girls (AAAA) missed out on a chance to become the Catholic League's first state champ in a loss to Mt. Lebanon. The next night, Carroll's girls completed an emphatic sweep of state titles by swamping Lampeter-Strasburg, 68-45.
Below are the players who helped
Paul Romnczuk claim XXX wins and
one state championship in 15 seasons as the coach at Archbishop Carroll.
The year indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some
transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the
|Brandon Preske||2003||Alec Stavetski||2012|
|John George||2003||Eric Wallace||2012|
|Jordan Ingram||2003||Francis Jackson||2012|
|Kyle Giresi||2003||Isaiah Warren||2012|
|Pat Malatack||2003||Lou Dominique||2012|
|Anthony Watson||2004||Pat Finnegan||2012|
|Bobby Giuliano||2004||Shane Randall||2012|
|Brian McCann||2004||Tom Rymal||2012|
|Dustin Pio||2004||Trevor Peal||2012|
|Eugene Adams||2004||Nick Jones||2013|
|John Durante||2004||Sean Chambers||2013|
|Matt Chambers||2004||Yosef Yacob||2013|
|Micah Wilson||2004||Zafir Copeland||2013|
|Michael Welsh||2004||Armand Sorrentino||2014|
|Mike Keogh||2004||Austin Tilghman||2014|
|Mike Springman||2004||Brian Mulligan||2014|
|Taney Willcox||2004||Dion Theroulde||2014|
|Tomas Arechabala||2004||Jimmy Covello||2014|
|Andrew Haefner||2006||Joe Mostardi||2014|
|Darrell Floyd||2006||Nysier Brooks||2014|
|Dutch Gaitley||2006||Quadere Allen||2014|
|Lyndon O'Connor||2006||Damone Jones||2015|
|Mike Logue||2006||Dave Beatty||2015|
|Mike Walther||2006||Derrick Jones||2015|
|Pat Filippelli||2006||Ernest Aflakpui||2015|
|Shelton Hylton||2006||Kuan-Hsien Liao||2015|
|Bill O'Brien||2007||Samir Taylor||2015|
|Chris Davis||2007||Tony Thomas||2015|
|Dan Joyce||2007||Zaheem Garrett||2015|
|Erick Johnson||2007||Alex House||2016|
|Kevin Jones||2007||John Rigsby||2016|
|Pete Clancy||2007||Josh Sharkey||2016|
|Shamus McNulty||2007||Miks Antoms||2016|
|Bender Retif||2008||Ryan Daly||2016|
|Brian Concio||2008||Colin Daly||2017|
|Chris Yakscoe||2008||Jahmir Marable-Williams||2017|
|Ellis Rogers||2008||Jesse McPherson||2017|
|Jared Poindexter||2008||Jimmy Lake||2017|
|Lamar Jackson||2008||Khari Williams||2017|
|Luke Wischnowski||2008||Mark Bradshaw||2017|
|Andre Wilburn||2009||Rich Rivers||2017|
|Kasheef Festus||2009||AJ Hoggard||2018|
|Mike Lauer||2009||Cole Burkitt||2018|
|Mike Payne||2009||Derrell Jones||2018|
|Pat Daly||2009||Devon Ferrero||2018|
|Romance Turner||2009||Gabe Legido||2018|
|Ryan Hanley||2009||Joey Finley||2018|
|Trevor McNulty||2009||Justin Anderson||2018|
|Anthony Butler||2010||Kasheem Thompson||2018|
|Anthony Hamilton||2010||Keyon Butler||2018|
|Ben Mingledough||2010||Kiyl Mack||2018|
|DJ Irving||2010||Luke House||2018|
|Lou Dominique||2010||Ny'Mire Little||2018|
|Mike Bowens||2010||Padraig Casey||2018|
|Vince Mostardi||2010||Shawn Johnson||2018|
|Franco Pellicciotta||2011||Tairi Ketner||2018|
|Thomas "Toe" Boyle||2011|