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. Currently, Josh spends his free time with his wife, Aurora, and their two cats 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.
Kate Harman wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 2010-2017, working as the beat writer for boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ basketball, and softball for the Southeastern Pa. area. There, over 150 different schools and 11 leagues were in her coverage area. After leaving the Inquirer she continued her passion for local basketball when she started Beyond the Arc through suburbanonesports.com, an endeavor that lasted two seasons. Harman has taught at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, since 2013, where she has been a member of the Communication Studies department. She also teaches courses in the Sports Communication and Media program, a major she helped launch in 2018.
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.
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
Kevin Cooney has worked as an award-winning sports journalist in the Philadelphia region since 1994, covering high school, college and professional athletics. Kevin won three Keystone Press Awards and two Associated Press Sports Editors awards for his work at the Bucks County Courier Times and Doylestown Intelligencer from 1996 to 2017. He covered the Big 5, Villanova’s run to the 2016 NCAA Championship, the Phillies run to the World Series in 2008-09, the Eagles in the Andy Reid/Chip Kelly era and the Allen Iverson-era 76ers. A Father Judge and Drexel graduate, Kevin resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Bessie, stepson Joseph, stepdaughter Katie and his two dogs Finley and Fergus.
Dom is currently a student at West Chester University, and is just getting into the media side of basketball. Prior to joining CoBL, he spent the last four years coaching in both high school and grassroots programs with Overbrook and Chichester high schools, as well as the Philly Hurricanes and Philly Pride AAU programs. In his free time, he enjoys studying basketball on platforms like Synergy and Cleaning the Glass. Dom is very excited about working with CoBL and the opportunity to grow in the industry.
Christopher is a recent Rowan University graduate with a passion for sports and storytelling. Raised in South Jersey, Christopher is an ardent Philadelphia sports fan and currently lives in South Philadelphia. During his time at Rowan University, Christopher covered the men’s basketball team for the student-run news publication and eventually served as the news editor. Christopher covered the Rowan University football team for NJ Advance Media during the 2019 season and served as a Sports Communication Intern for the Philadelphia Soul during the 2019 Arena Football season.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Matthew Ryan lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently a student at Villanova University (class of 2024) and plans on majoring in Communication with a specialization in Journalism. After college, he plans on continuing my career in sports media. He has worked in the sports media field for about a year and loves it! In his free time, he loves hanging out with his family, dog, and friends, as well as watching sports and relaxing.
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 currently lives in Blue Bell and is a senior at 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.
Kayla is a senior student-athlete at Moravian College. She plays on the women’s basketball team and is studying business and sports management with a minor in communications. Kayla has a passion for basketball and creative writing. Her career goals include working for a Division I athletic department or a professional sports league after earning her MBA from Moravian.