Cedar Cliff has found its replacement for Jim Rowe as boys basketball coach.
Tigh Savercool, most recently the head coach at Tulpehocken High School in Berks County, will be the Colts’ next head coach, the Carlisle Sentinel confirmed from multiple sources.
Neither Savercool nor Cedar Cliff officials can comment until the former’s presumed approval at the May 19 West Shore School District board meeting, but The Sentinel learned that Savercool is expected to be introduced at a meet-and-greet later this week.
The 30-year-old Savercool is a 2004 graduate of Greenwood High School in Millerstown, where he played under Kent Houser, and a 2008 graduate of DeSales University, where he played soccer.
He spent time as an assistant at Central Dauphin and Steel-High and interviewed at various openings across the area before landing the Tulpehocken gig ahead of the 2014-15 season.
With the Trojans, Savercool was 18-27, taking the team to the District 3-AA playoffs in his first year (14-9) before going 4-18 this most recent season.
Rowe stepped down in March after nine successful seasons leading the Colts. He was 146-80 in those nine seasons and has a career mark of 422-235 including 18 previous years at Bishop McDevitt.
Rowe told The Sentinel on Sunday that he stepped down because he “felt it was time,” though he doesn’t necessarily think his coaching days are behind him.
His 2015-16 Colts team reflected a concern moving forward for the program, as the team finished 13-9 overall but didn’t have a strong enough power ranking to qualify for the District 3-AAAA playoffs.
With PIAA classification expansion coming next season, Cedar Cliff is in even tougher shape, as it will be the only Class 6A (largest class) school in the Mid-Penn Keystone Division, and its power ranking will again suffer because of it.
Before resigning his post, Rowe was hunting other Class 6A schools to play in non-league games, as every league game will be against 5A and 4A programs.
In his nine seasons, Rowe won two Keystone titles, two Mid-Penn Conference tournament titles, six times reached the District 3 playoffs and three times qualified for the PIAA playoffs. The best mark was a 24-5 record in 2014-15 that included a shared Keystone title and a trip to states.
As for Savercool, he’s publicly been a major proponent of showcasing the right attitude on the court.
In a January interview with papreplive.com covering Berks County, Savercool said attitude was “a mindset.”
“You’re not always going to have kids who can run fast or jump high, but they’re going to be tough, they’re going to be blue collar, (and) they’re going to do the little things correctly that add up in the course of a game,” he said.
The Sentinel will have more on Savercool assuming the approval goes through later this month.