Josh co-founded CoBL in June 2012, just a few months after graduating from Temple University with a degree in broadcast journalism. The site became his full-time job in the spring of 2013 after he left Temple University’s Beasley School of Law to run the business full-time. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA), he also freelances for Reuters/The Sports Xchange, covering various collegiate and professional sports, primarily the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also served as an adjunct journalism professor at Saint Joseph's University, teaching a course in entrepreneurial journalism in 2016. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Josh was raised on the Big 5, and cemented his love of college and high school basketball during an undergraduate career at Pitt and Temple.
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As the head coach at Downingtown West High School from 2012-16, Ritter led the Whippets to the district playoffs in four of his five years, making Ches-Mont League championships in 2015 and 2016. His 2014-15 squad won the Ches-Mont and went on to a berth in the state tournament. During his time there, he helped develop a pair of Division I prospects in Josh Warren (Cornell) and Ryan Betley (Penn) as well as several D-II and D-III players. A graduate of West Chester with his Masters in Math Education (2005), he teaches math at Penncrest, where he was an assistant coach from 2005-2012 before taking over at D'Town West.
One of the most well-respected high school sports writers around, Michael Bullock brought a wealth of experience and credibility to CoBL upon his beginning to write for the site in the fall of 2015. York County native, Michael spent most of his formative years in upper Dauphin County before graduating from Penn State with an accounting degree, working in that field for five years before heading off to Ohio State to obtain his master's degree in sports management; he worked in the sports information department there for three-plus years. Bullock then spent more than two decades at the Harrisburg Patriot-News and PennLive.com, covering a wide variety of sports — mostly high school action, but also logged plenty of time covering professional soccer, golf, bowling and boxing. Back in the mid-2000s, Bullock shifted his focus to high school basketball, spending the past eight years putting together state-wide rankings while handling an assortment of other things as well. He also coordinates the selection of the all-state basketball teams chosen by a panel of Pennsylvania sports writers.
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Rich is a graduate of Temple University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Rich joined the City of Basketball Love staff in August of 2015. Having played basketball at Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) in the Philadelphia Catholic League, Rich understands how deep and competitive the talent level of Philadelphia basketball has been. In addition to writing for CoBL, RIch also freelances for the Delaware County Daily Times sports section.
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Jeff, a freshman journalism major at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication and 2016 graduate of Downingtown West High School, joined the City of Basketball Love staff in the winter of 2014 covering primarily District 1 hoops out in the western Philadelphia suburbs. He quickly expanded his coverage radius to several of the city's collegiate programs; Jeff has been an avid college hoops fan for as long as he can remember. He currently also works for ASU's student publication, The State Press, covering the Sun Devils' cross country and wrestling teams, and has also done some freelance work for The Sports Xchange.
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Maddy is a 2013 Penn State alum, originally from Neptune, N.J., with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has been shooting amateur sports photography since high school. She wrote for OnwardState.com for over a year, covering PSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball as well as other sports and student events. She currently resides in State College, Pa and recently joined the social media team at Penn State. She joined CoBL in November 2013.
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Ari is a graduate of the William Penn Charter School in East Falls, where he was the manager of the school’s basketball team. He is a native of Cherry Hill, N.J. His love for the game was instilled in him from a young age from his father, who was the Temple Owl mascot in the early 70's. Ari has covered high school and college games, as well as AAU and other summer events, since joining CoBL in June 2014. He graduated from Penn Charter this past June and will begin studying journalism at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications for the 2015-16 school year.
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A current sophomore Finance/Accounting major and a member of both the four-year BS/MBA and Business Scholars co-op programs at La Salle University, Will has been with CoBL since January 2016. Coming from a family that hails graduates from Penn, St. Joe’s, Villanova, Drexel, and La Salle, Philadelphia basketball has been a love of his since birth. His cousin, Kate Jordan, is currently a women’s assistant coach at Penn.
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