Ron Moschella has been called many things during a stellar four decade coaching career. Born March 2, 1950, Coach “Mosch” has been referred to as animated, guarded, confrontational, loud, pointed, dedicated and driven. The two references to which all agree, however, is that Ron Moschella is a success and a winner because he never compromised his principles in the classroom or on the field of play.
A 1968 graduate of Ursuline High School, he is a 1972 graduate of Kent State University where he earned his B.S.Ed. in Business and Physical Education and later earned his M.S.Ed. in Administration from Youngstown State University (1980). He started his teaching/coaching career in the Howland School System where he taught Marketing Education and served as Tigers golf coach for seven years, baseball coach for three years and tennis coach for two years.
He moved to Boardman High School in 1978 where he taught Marketing Education, Business Law and Physical Education. He became head coach of the Girls’ Basketball program in 1981, a post that he held for 31 years. He led the Lady Spartans to new heights with 19 Steel Valley Conference Titles and two Federal League crowns. The 2002 UPI and AP “Coach of the Year”, he is a 21-time recipient of the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” award, a four-time recipient (1986, 1992, 1995 and 2002) of NEO “Coach of the Year” laurels and the 2001 Ohio High School Basketball Association “Coach of the Year” honor as well. Selected to coach in the 1987 Ohio State All Star game, his teams advanced to District play in 21 seasons, winning 14 District titles and finishing as runners-up on seven other occasions.
The Lady Spartans were Regional finalists in 1986, 1996, 2001 and 2005. They won the Regional title is both 2005 and 2008 and were Regional semi-finalists on 10 separate occasions. His teams advanced to the State “Final Four” twice in ’05 and ’08. He was also honored by the OHSBCA for his 500th victory in 2007 and again 2013 for his 600th win. Moschella is known for his demand of excellence from his players, not only on the court, but also in the classroom and was honored by the The Crier, the BHS yearbook, with its dedication to him in 1997. Then, in 2000, he was named the Boardman High School “Teacher of the Year”.
Ron was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Boardman High School Hall of Fame in 2013. Following his retirement from Boardman, he was offered the opportunity to coach Girls’ Basketball at Columbiana High School in Columbiana, Ohio. After two consecutive winning seasons with the girls, Moschella was offered the boys position as well. Both teams finished the 2014-15 season with winning records. He enters his fourth season with Columbiana this year, coaching both the boys and girls teams.
To date, Moschella has attained a record of 637—172 in Girls Basketball and 14—10 in Boys, which brings him to an overall record of 651—182.
Ron and his wife Judy reside in Boardman and have three daughters: Christine (Brian Terlesky), Nadine (Nick Colla) and Jolene (Don Ross), who all played successfully for their father at Boardman and each has been inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame. Ron and Judy are proud grandparents of ten grandchildren: Brian, Tyler, Emma, Jimmy, Jenna, Nicholas, Lia, Tessa, Gianna and Lena.