2020 - 2021 Coaching Staff

Your Crimson Tide Leaders

Photo By John Liddle

 Head Varsity Coach: This will be Coach Wartella first season as Crimson Tide Head Coach. Jake Wartella was born on April 8, 1987, graduated from Pottsville high School in 2006 and also Graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education. 

At Pottsville, Jake was a 4-year Starter and Letter Winner in Basketball. He was Captain of the team his senior year. He is also a 1000 point scorer and 3 Time All- League 1st Team Point Guard. He was a member of the 2004 Schuylkill League Championship Team. He also earned 4 Varsity letters in Football and 3 Varsity letters in Baseball at Pottsville. He currently is teaching Health and Physical Education at Pottsville Area School District



JV Coach/Assistant Varsity Coach Tom McGeoy will begin his 12th year as the Head Junior Varsity Coach.  During that span, his team’s overall record has been very impressive,  Along with heading the JV team, Coach McGeoy is also an assistant coach with the varsity and is the program’s video coordinator.  Coach McGeoy also is the Crimson Tide Varsity Head Football Coach.  He just finished his 4th season in that capacity.

Prior to coaching, Coach McGeoy enjoyed a stellar career as an athlete at Pottsville and Lehigh University.  In basketball, McGeoy played three years, lettering each season for the Crimson Tide. He was captain of his team for two years. As a senior, he was named first-team All-Area, first-team All-Anthracite and a Schuylkill County All-Star after leading the Crimson Tide to the 2000 Schuylkill League title.

A fullback and linebacker for the football team, McGeoy lettered three times. He was awarded 1998 first-team All-Area and first-team All-Anthracite. In 1999 he was awarded first-team All-Area, Republican-Herald Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Anthracite and third-team Associated Press Big School All-State. Additionally, he was nominated for the Big 33 game and was the 2000 Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 Scholar-Athlete.  Coach McGeoy went on to star at linebacker at Lehigh University.

Coach McGeoy is currently a Social Studies teacher at Pottsville Area High School.  He and his wife Renee reside in Port Carbon with their children Ryan, Mya, and Macy.


E-Mail Address

Jake Wartella

Head Coach

Tom McGeoy

Assistant Coach/JV

Tyler Heffner

Freshmen Coach

John Toomey 

Assistant Varsity Coach

Dan Slotterback

Athletic Trainer/Strength Coach

Craig S. L. Shields


Director Of Basketball Operations

Eric Rismiller

Athletic Director


John Liddle

Team Photographer


Chuck Rinaldo



Dr. Robert Boran

Team Doctor


Dr. Jason Phillips

Team Doctor


Chris Lombel



Mike Kinner



Cody Blankenhorn


Stats Manager


2020 - 2021 Coaching Staff