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Josh Verlin - Editor-in-Chief

One of City of Basketball Love’s co-founders, Josh has been running CoBL since its inception on June 2, 2012. He currently serves as the organization’s President of its Board of Directors, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the website. In that role, he oversees day-to-day operations, mentors the site’s staff and guides its journalistic direction, leads fundraising efforts, helps with CoBL’s events and camps, and much more.  

Less than a year after helping start CoBL, Josh made the site his full-time job in early 2013 after leaving Temple’s Beasley School of Law, developing it into the area’s go-to source for high school and college basketball news and information. Since then, he’s covered thousands of games and events while mentoring well over 100 high school and college students who have contributed to CoBL over the years. He has also guided the site to receive six honors in the 2021 Keystone Awards, in its first year as a member of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. 

In 2021, Josh led CoBL in the transition from a for-profit company to a non-profit model, giving up ownership of the company and founding its inaugural Board of Directors, truly dedicating the site to its mission of bettering the Philadelphia-area basketball community by helping both the student-athletes who play as well as those who cover the sport.

A 2012 graduate of Temple University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Josh received his Master of Science in Communications degree (with an advertising focus) from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications in 2022. He currently lives in Havertown with his wife, Aurora, and their two cats, Luke and Dinah.

Follow Josh: @jmverlin

Josh Verlin (right) and Tom Reifsnyder (left)

Steph Garafolo - Events Director

Born in South Philadelphia, Steph moved out to Havertown as a child and spent her formative years in Delaware County, where she was immersed in hoops from a young age. She went to Cardinal O'Hara, helping the Lions to a Catholic League championship in 2013 as a junior before going to Penn State, where she played club basketball and helped fundraise for THON, the school's annual 46-hour dance marathon which raises money for childhood cancer patients at the local children's hospital.

Upon graduating from Penn State in 2018, Steph spent the next five years working in sales and marketing for various organizations, including Hershey, the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the New York Jets, before returning home during the COVID pandemic, leaving the corporate world in 2023 and joining CoBL as its Events Director. She's also an assistant coach at her alma mater, Cardinal O'Hara, helping the Lions to the PCL and PIAA 5A championships in 2022.

Chad Graham - Scouting Coordinator

Chad Graham is originally from San Diego, Ca, but has roots in the city. He relocated to Philadelphia shortly after graduating from Howard University in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the hoops culture in the city. Chad is passionate about scouting, player development, and recruiting. When he began writing in 2020, he primarily covered Philly, but he’s since expanded to Delaware, Central Pa., the Lehigh Valley, and New Jersey. 

Jake Adams -- Site Editor

Jake is an adopted son of the City of Brotherly Love and a 2013 graduate of Temple University, but he was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. He spent the past 10 years working in various sports editor roles at The Carlisle Sentinel, where he produced and led award-winning high school sports coverage for seven years; the Wisconsin State Journal and Louisville Courier Journal and recently moved back to the Keystone State with his fiancee. His jump shot is non-existent, but he's got an eye for good storytelling and a passion for local sports journalism.

Senior Contributors

Rich Flanagan

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rich is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He joined CoBL in 2015 and has written a variety of stories ranging from the Philadelphia Catholic League title game to Top-25 college basketball matchups. Over the course of his career, Rich has had his work published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Delaware County Daily Times and ZAGSBLOG.

Jared Leveson

Jared Leveson lives over the Delaware River in Princeton, N.J. He graduated from Syracuse University, majored in History, and got his start with CoBL in June of 2022. Jared’s non-traditional path to sports journalism began during his senior year at Syracuse when he wrote his Distinction Thesis on the American Football League’s rise to prominence, its competition with the National Football League, and how the new league affected American antitrust laws and culture. As an avid New York Jets and Mets fan, CoBL allowed Jared to hone his writing skills and combine his love of storytelling and sports.

Owen McCue

A 2018 graduate of Temple University and product of Methacton High School, Owen joined CoBL as its full-time assistant editor in the summer of 2022, then transitioned into a role as a contributor in 2024. He previously spent the 2017-18 season as CoBL’s part-time assistant editor. For the four years prior to rejoining CoBL in 2022, he served as a sports reporter and assistant editor for the Pottstown Mercury and PAPrepLive, covering the Pioneer Athletic Conference and other area high school sports, including the area’s boys and girls basketball teams.

Mitchell Northam

Mitchell Northam grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but lives in Durham, North Carolina now. He’s a voter in the AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll and a member of USBWA. His work has been featured at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, NCAA .com, The Next, Pittsburgh Sports Now, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated and WUNC. He’s a graduate of Salisbury University.

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson has spent more than a decade covering sports - primarily soccer and basketball but a little bit of everything else too - at various levels, starting in college with Penn State's award-winning student newspaper The Daily Collegian while graduating with a degree in journalism. He then spent two years with The Gettysburg Times, spending much of his free time putting his history minor to good use. Most recently, he worked for Montgomery Media, the Lansdale Reporter and the Norristown Times Herald as a sports writer under the PA Prep Live banner from 2014-2021.

Joseph Santoliquito

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been covering high school football and basketball since 1992. He's covered Kobe Bryant, Jameer Nelson, Tyreke Evans and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He's broken national stories on local pro athletes like Carson Wentz and began writing for CoBL in July 2021. He is the president of the Boxing Writers Association of America and can be followed on Twitter @JSantoliquito.

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Contributors

Ryan Coyle

Ryan Coyle grew up in Willow Grove (Pa.), where he attended Upper Moreland and was a four-year starter in the basketball program, finishing in the top five in program history in assists. He is entering his senior year at Misericordia University in Wilkes-Barre (Pa.), where he's also a four-year member of the basketball team, and is majoring in Sport Communication. He grew up going to games in the Big 5 with his dad and looks forward to covering the Philadelphia basketball scene as part of the CoBL team.

Missy Dougherty

Missy Light Dougherty is a lifelong Philly sports fan and ovarian cancer survivor who currently works in athletic administration at Delaware County Community College. Upon graduating from Elizabethtown, Missy spent several years teaching and coaching high school basketball. After earning a master’s degree in sport management from Neumann University, she worked in athletic communications at Haverford College. A Havertown resident, who can often be found in Sea Isle, Missy is thankful for the excellent English teachers she had at Merion Mercy Academy, who instilled a love of writing, as well as for the opportunity to be a contributor to CoBL! 

Jeff Griffith

Jeff Griffith has been writing and creating content since he was a junior in high school in Downingtown, PA, back in 2014. Jeff got his start with CoBL — and has remained involved with is coverage for the better part of the years since — before furthering his education at Arizona State University, where he covered ASU’s football, men’s basketball and baseball programs, and also developed a reputation for accurate NCAA Tournament “bracketology” projections. Now based out of Indianapolis, Jeff works full-time in marketing while managing several contract and freelance roles on the side, both in sports and in performing arts and entertainment.

Sean McBryan

Sean McBryan is a multimedia sports journalist with experience at both traditional and modern media organizations. He started his sports writing career at the Reading Eagle newspaper and many blogs. Sean is a graduate of Penn State and Syracuse and a Pennsylvania native. He loves telling the stories of others and is a noted sports and coffee geek.

Jerome Taylor

Jerome began writing in 2017 while attending Penn State University. Originally, he wrote about music and other arts and entertainment subjects, but eventually began writing about sports, too. While in State College, he covered a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball and lacrosse for the student-run radio station. Jerome began writing for CoBL in 2020 after spending years reading the site. After graduating from Penn State in 2019, he wrote for the Premier Lacrosse League in 2020, covering their Championship Series. In addition to writing for CoBL, Jerome also works in marketing for a financial service company.

Zak Wolf

Zak currently lives in Blue Bell and is an incoming freshman at he S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University, after graduating in 2022 from Wisaahickon High School. He's been a huge sports fan his entire life and his freshman year, he became a huge high school basketball fan. He went to many games in the area and eventually started to cover some games for CoBL in 2021. He has a passion for basketball and loves to write about it. In college, he'll major in communications and pursue a career in sports journalism/media.