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Josh Verlin - Owner/Editor

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 pursue a sportswriting career. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA), he also freelances for Reuters/The Sports Xchange, covering various collegiate and professional sports. 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.

Follow Josh: @jmverlin

Josh Verlin (right) and Tom Reifsnyder (left)

Tom Reifsnyder - Assistant Editor

A senior journalism student minoring in political science at Temple University, Tom also serves as the Temple women's soccer beat writer for The Temple News and volunteers as a co-anchor for HomeTowne TV, a local station based in Summit, N.J. Hailing from Mendham, a small suburb in the Garden State, he played a starting role on the varsity basketball team for perennial winner West Morris Mendham High School, which produced former Penn star Jeff Schiffner (2000-04). Tom joined CoBL in September 2014.


Follow Tom: @tom_reifsnyder

Kenny Jackson - Scouting/Clinic Director

In six years as an assistant coach at Friends Central School (2009-2015), Coach Jackson helped the Phoenix win four independent school's state championships and two Friends League Championships with an overall record of 177-57. While there, he helped train and coach a McDonald’s All-American (Amile Jefferson) and facilitated in transitioning plenty of other student-athletes to Division I, II and III schools such as Duke, Temple, Boston University and Niagara. A respected trainer in the Philadelphia and suburban area, Coach Jackson has built a rapport which focuses on the growth of each of his athletes individually and holistically.

Follow Kenny: @KJacksonCoBL

Jeff Neiburg - Assistant Editor

Jeff is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in journalism. A native of Kennett Square, Pa., Jeff is currently freelancing for the Philadelphia Daily News after finishing his internship in his final semester at Temple in the fall of '14. In the past, Jeff has written for The Temple News, covering baseball, men's soccer and football and has freelanced for The Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa, as well as Reuters/The Sports Xchange and other media outlets. He joined CoBL in September of 2013 and became Assistant Editor in January of 2015.


Follow Jeff: @Jeff_Neiburg

Austin Lederman - Senior Writer

Austin is a senior journalism major at Penn State University from Brooklyn, New York. Austin hosts a daily talk show, The SportsBlitz on a student-run radio station, TheLion 90.7 FM. He also calls games for Penn State football and basketball on the radio, and started writing for CoBL in October 2012.

Follow Austin: @AustinLederman

Jeff McDevitt - Senior Writer

Jeff McDevitt is a graduate of Temple University where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Jeff covers mainly high school games, and is the sports editor of the Roxborough Review in Northwestern Philadelphia. Jeff’s the offspring of a St. Joe's grad and a Temple grad, and attended Big 5 games with his dad throughout his youth. He's been passionate about Philadelphia basketball ever since. Other interests include Buffalo wings and professional wrestling. He joined CoBL in December 2012.


Follow Jeff: @JeffMcDev​

Garrett Miley - Senior Writer

Garrett is a senior English major (with a journalism track) at Saint Joseph’s University. A West Chester, Pa. native, he’s been attending Big 5 basketball games with his father since he was a child. He is also currently the Editor in Chief for The Hawk, SJU’s student newspaper and is an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Garrett started writing for CoBL in November 2012.

Follow Garrett: @GWMiley

Justin Allen - Staff Writer

Justin, a native of Pottstown, has a sports business background. Raised in a family of Big 5 graduates, he has been a fan of Philadelphia hoops since birth. He works for The Reading Eagle as a sports correspondent for the paper's Tri-County section. Prior to joining the Eagle, Justin was a senior writer for BIC Sports, as well as an occasional contributor on the now defunct WPAZ 1370 in Pottstown. Justin joined the CoBL staff in January 2015.


Follow Justin: @jallen_town

Teddy Bailey - Staff Writer

Teddy joined CoBL in the spring of 2013 as a sophomore in high school with two years of journalism already under his belt. He came on with CoBL as a high school writer, but has since expanded his range to cover both college and high school for the website. Other than CoBL, Teddy freelances for The Carlisle Sentinel and various newspapers in the region. He will graduate Garnet Valley High School in June of 2015 and attend Indiana University in Bloomington to study Accounting and Journalism.


Follow Teddy: @TheTeddyBailey

Alex Chesen - Staff Writer

Alex is a sophomore at Friends' Central High School in Wynnewood Pa, where he is on the basketball team. Alex developed his love for basketball after attending multiple close area games in the Inter-Ac and Friends League as a young kid. He joined CoBL in May 2014.


Follow Alex: @amchesen​

Madison Elliott - Staff Writer

Madison, originally from Allentown, PA, is a sophomore Communication and Spanish major at La Salle University. She produces and anchors two shows for La Salle TV called Sportsline and LTV News, covering all La Salle sports and news within Philadelphia. Additionally, she writes for the sports section of her school newspaper, The Collegian. When Madison is not writing, she is running, as she is a part of the La Salle Cross Country and Track team. She joined CoBL in June 2014. ​

Follow Madison: @m_elliott95

Jeff Griffith - Staff Writer

Jeff, a member of Downingtown West High School's Class of 2016, joined the City of Basketball Love staff in the winter of 2014, covering primarily District 1 hoops out in the western Philadelphia suburbs. He also works for the school's yearbook and newspaper staff, and has been a rabid college basketball junkie since before he can remember. Jeff hopes to further his sportswriting career by studying journalism in college in the fall of 2016.


Follow Jeff: @Jeff_Griffith21​

Aron Minkoff - Staff Writer

Aron is a journalism major at Temple University with aspirations of moving onto law school. He is originally from Pittsburgh but has quickly learned how much basketball means to Philadelphia and how much different the landscape is on this side of the state. In addition to writing, Aron serves as the president of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and covers University of Pittsburgh hoops over at Cardiac Hill for SB Nation.


Follow Aron: @AronMinkoff​

Dan Newhart - Staff Writer

Dan is a junior journalism major at Temple University. Dan is from West Pittston, Pa, and he transferred to Temple from the University of Scranton in August of 2013. He previously wrote for the Temple News, covering the women's volleyball team in the fall of 2014. Dan has covered high school and college games for the site, and joined CoBL in January of 2015.


Follow Dan: @danny_newhart​

Anna Pitingolo - Staff Writer

Anna is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at Penn State University from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. A member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, she does work for the weekly PSNtv show Penn State Sports Night and co-hosts a weekly talk show, What the Hashtag, for the student radio station, ComRadio. She also calls games and beat writes for various Penn State sports team for the station. Anna has been with CoBL since December 2014.


Follow Anna: @anna_pitingolo​

Maddy Pryor - Social Media/Photographer

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 works for the American Cancer Society. She joined CoBL in November 2013.


Follow Maddy: @maddyyypryor