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. 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.
After shutting CoBL down in Oct. 2018, Josh re-opened the site one year later, and has resumed leadership and editorial duties with the site. He also works for North Star Messaging + Strategy as their Lead Content Writer, and spends his free time with his new wife, Aurora, in their home in East Falls.
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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.
Christy first got into sports writing in 2015, covering St. Joe's baseball and softball teams for the student newspaper and went on to serve as sports editor. Since then, she has photographed various events and games for St. Joe's, and wrote feature stories on the men's basketball team for multiple seasons. She also briefly wrote a high school swimming notebook for the Courier-Post. Originally from Kennett Square, Christy graduated from St. Joe's with a bachelor's in English and communications studies in 2016, and a master's in writing studies in 2017. She lives in Lower Merion and also works as a marketing communications specialist at Penn State-Great Valley.
Zach, a sophomore at Penn's Wharton School, has been with CoBL since 2016, covering mostly Division I college teams. He began his sports journalism career in 2014 writing for a small NBA blog, and by 2016, he was covering the NCAA Tournament for VAVEL USA, where he later served briefly as editor-in-chief. Aspiring to be a GM, Zach is pursuing sports analytics and business at the college level.
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Kevin Callahan covered college and Big 5 basketball for the Courier-Post Newspaper from 1983-2016 before going freelance writing, including for Sixers.com, joining CoBL during the 2019-20 season. He played point guard for the Ursinus College 1981 Final Four team and 1982 Final Eight team after playing in the South Jersey all-star game as a senior at Camden Catholic High School. A long-time CYO coach, including coaching St. Joe Prep’s all-time leading scorer Steve Vasturia at St. Mary of the Lakes, ‘Cal’ was inducted in 2015 into the South Jersey Basketball Club Hall of Fame