(Note: Each writers’ name also functions as a hyperlink to their material)
Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Josh is a Temple University graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Born and raised in Lower Merion, he was immersed in Philadelphia basketball from a young age. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), he has had work appear in several major online and print news sources, including Reuters, Yahoo! Sports, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune; he is also a contributor for ZagsBlog.com, part of the SNY.tv network. He also occasionally takes photos for the site, though admittedly not as well as the staff photographers (see below).
Ian Simon (@coachsimon200)
A Cherry Hill, N.J. native, Ian Simon is a 2001 graduate of Widener University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Sport Management. From 2003-2012, Ian was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Widener University, where he helped the program to a 159-84 record in his nine years at the school. During Simon’s tenure, the Pride went to the NCAA Tournament four times, had three NABC All-Americans and 12 All-Conference players. While at Widener, Simon was the scouting coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region. He joined CoBL in May 2013.
Andrew Albert (@andrewjalbert01)
A junior communication major at La Salle University, Andrew, a Syracuse, New York native, has written for La Salle’s weekly newspaper The Collegian and is currently the host of Sports Talk Philadelphia on La Salle TV. Andrew has been with CoBL since June 2012, and has been a staff writer with the Philadelphia Daily News since May 2013.
Anthony Bellino (@bellino_anthony)
Anthony Bellino is a senior journalism major at Temple University. A native of West Pittston, Pa., Anthony serves as the golf beat writer for The Temple News, Temple’s student run newspaper, for whom he has also covered Temple basketball and football games. Anthony has also covered the Big 5 Invitational golf tournament for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Anthony has been with CoBL since August 2012.
Jeff McDevitt (@jeffmcdev)
Jeff McDevitt is a graduate of Temple University where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Jeff covers mainly high school games, as well as produces video content for the site. Jeff’s father, a St. Joe’s grad, has been taking him to Big 5 games since he was very young. Other interests include Buffalo wings and professional wrestling. He joined CoBL in December 2012.
Garrett Miley (@GWMiley)
Garrett is a senior English major (with a journalism track) at Saint Joseph’s University. A West Chester, Pa. native, he’s been attending Big 5 basketball games with his father since he was a child. He is also currently the Editor in Chief for The Hawk, SJU’s student newspaper and is an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Garrett started writing for CoBL in November 2012.
Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg)
Jeff is a senior journalism major at Temple University graduating in December, 2014. A native of Kennett Square, Pa., Jeff is a sports reporting intern for the Philadelphia Daily News. In the past, Jeff has written for The Temple News, covering baseball, men’s soccer and football and has freelanced for The Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. He also works part-time at SportsRadio WIP. Jeff is well traveled, having transferred to Temple from Arizona State University. He once took a cross-country baseball stadium trip with his father. Jeff joined CoBL in September 2013.
Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey)
The youngest member of the CoBL staff, Teddy Bailey is a junior at Garnet Valley High School in Southeastern Pa., where he is the Sports Editor for his school newspaper. Prior to joining CoBL in May 2013, Teddy had written for Philahoops, among other sites and publications.
Chris Bengel (@clbengel)
Chris Bengel is a 2011 graduate of Rowan University with a degree in journalism. He’s written for the Gloucester County Times and The Whit (Rowan newspaper), covering Phillies and Flyers games. Chris has been with CoBL since July 2012.
John Iatesta (@JohnIatesta)
John Iatesta is senior journalism major at Temple. Originally from a small suburb of Seattle, he lives across the street from former SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp. Once, John met Franco Harris after a Harlem Globetrotters game while lost in the parking lot. He started with CoBL in February 2013.
Lee Kunkel (@kunkel5)
A York, PA native, Lee Kunkel graduated from Robert Morris University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and minor in Sports Management. He covered the Colonials for Rivals.com on ColonialsCorner.com focusing on the men’s basketball team, along with football and men’s ice hockey. He also covered the Colonials for RMU radio on top of covering men’s lacrosse for the Moon News Cloud in the spring of 2013. Raised in the Philadelphia area, Lee fell in love with the game following the Big 5. He joined the CoBL staff in August 2013.
Austin Lederman (@austinlederman)
Austin is a junior journalism major at Penn State University from Brooklyn, New York. Austin hosts a daily talk show, The SportsBlitz on a student-run radio station, TheLion 90.7 FM. He also calls games for Penn State football and basketball on the radio, and started writing for CoBL in October 2012.
Randy Miller (@R_Miller12)
Randy is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in English. During his time on N. Broad St., Randy studied under the tutelage of Hall-of-Famers Dawn Staley and John Chaney. In 2008, he began his tenure as a coach/recruiting coordinator for Philly Triple Threat AAU program, and from 2011-13 worked as an assistant at Roberts Vaux High School, where he helped the team to a PIAA Class A championship in 2013. He joined CoBL in November 2013.
Patrick Paul (@P_Paul20)
Patrick is a junior journalism student at Temple University. He is a Philadelphia, Pa. native, and has had a passion for Big 5 basketball his whole life. Previously, Patrick wrote pieces for his high school newspaper at Roman Catholic–where he developed a love for Catholic League basketball–and has been with CoBL since June 2014. He will also be on Temple Sports Talk for their WHIP student radio this upcoming year.
Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder)
A junior journalism major at Temple University, Tom served as sports editor of his high school newspaper and currently contributes to OwlSports Update, Temple’s student-run sports broadcast on TUTV. Hailing from a small suburb in northern New Jersey, he played a starting role on the varsity basketball team for perennial-winner West Morris Mendham. Tom joined CoBL in September 2014.
Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld)
Ari is a senior at the William Penn Charter School, where he is the manager of the school’s boys’s basketball team. He is a native of Cherry Hill, N.J. A lifelong basketball fan, this is Ari’s first writing position. He joined CoBL in June 2014.
Matt Trabold (@TrabsMatt)
Matt Trabold is a Spring 2013 sports broadcast journalism graduate of Penn State. While at Penn State, Matt worked for the student radio station ComRadio, the student television station PSN-TV and the university’s sports magazine television show In The Game – which he won a 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy with. Matt has spent at least a small part of every day for more than a decade now becoming more knowledgeable about the sport of college basketball. He joined CoBL in November 2013.
Josh Einbinder-Schatz (@IronicJosh)
Josh is a freshman graphic design major at Drexel University, originally from Levittown, Pa. He’s been a regular attendee of Temple basketball games, with his father, since he was two months old. College basketball is his first love; his camera is his second. He began shooting for CoBL in August 2013.
Tug Haines (@mistertug)
The first college basketball game Tug ever attended was the 1992 NCAA East Regional Final between Kentucky and Duke. While he may never again see anything like it, that won’t stop him from trying. He’s also the proprietor of TheFightins.com and the producer/co-host of a weekly podcast covering the Phillies farm system. When he’s not behind his camera or at the ballpark, you can find him walking his dog in South Philly. His first shots appeared on the site in May 2013.
Mark Jordan (MNJsports.com)
Mark is a graduate of Duke University with a dual degree in Economics and Psychology. Through his photography, Mark has covered a broad variety of high school and collegiate contests in basketball, soccer, football, baseball and track & field. He is the official photographer for the Delco Professional/Amateur Summer Basketball League, and currently covers University of Delaware sports. His work has been featured in print and digital editions of magazines such as Dime and Playboy, and a collection of his images can also be found in the book, “A Blueprint For Success: Cornell Men’s Basketball 2009-2010,” published by Momentum Media. He started shooting for CoBL in June 2012.
Anson Marsh (@ansonpants)
Anson is a junior biology major at La Salle University. He is a native to the small town of Lewes, Delaware, who recently picked up photography. He has participated in the Campus Movie Festival as the debut for his photographic creativity. He joined the site in September 2012.
Madeline Pryor (@Maddyyypryor)
Maddy is a 2013 Penn State alum, originally from Neptune, N.J., with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has been shooting amateur sports photography since high school. She wrote for OnwardState.com for over a year, covering PSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball as well as other sports and student events. She joined CoBL in November 2013.
Toban Penner (@tobanpenner)
Toban is a designer, developer and owner/operator of Penner Web Design. He lives and works in Durham, N.C., just off Tobacco Road. He is currently trying to convince his wife to put a basketball court in his backyard. He designed CoBL 1.0 in July 2012 and 2.0 a year later.
Former Senior Writers
Andy Edwards (@DLNAndyEdwards)
Andy is a Notre Dame graduate with a degree in Spanish and Psychology. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he’s currently the assistant Sports Information Director at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Before that, he worked for two years as a staff writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester, where he covered boys basketball and lacrosse. Edwards was one of the original founders of the site back in June 2012, and left in July 2013.
Andrew Koob (@andrewkoob)
Andrew Koob is a Temple University alum with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. A native of Doylestown, PA, Andrew has worked with the Philadelphia Daily News and the Hoop Group and has been published by Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Tribune and ESPNRecruiting. He is currently in a battle with his two brothers to not hold the title of “Cooper Manning.” Andrew was with CoBL from its founding in June 2012 until he left for a full-time sportswriting position with the New Castle (Pa.) News in September 2014.