Recruiting Combine On Jan. 13 At Riverfront Sports

The Beyond Sports Network Foundation, in conjunction with the COAL Foundation and Backcourt Hoops, will hold a free athletic combine for students in grades 7-12 on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

The combine will test athletes in order to assess the athletic abilities of each individual. The data will help athletes reach the next level and will be provided to colleges and universities. Tests include the 40-yard dash, 60-yard dash, 3-cone drill, lane agility, vertical jump, broad jump, pro agility drill and TRAZER agility test.

To see highlights from the Beyond Sports Network’s recent national scouting combine, visit

There is no cost to attend and take part in the clinic. Space is limited to the first 300 registrants. All attendees are asked to register in advance. To register, visit For more information on the Beyond Sports Network Foundation, visit

For more information, contact the COAL Foundation at

Scholarship Recipient Sheila Whitman Earns Dean's List Honors At Lycoming

A big congratulations goes out to Sheila Whitman, who received the first COAL Scholarship in the spring of 2017, on being named to the Dean's List twice during the past academic year at Lycoming College. Whitman, a Wallenpaupack graduate who lives in Lake Ariel, was named to the Dean's List for both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Dean's List honors are bestowed on any student earning a 3.50 GPA or higher for the given semester.

Way to go, Sheila!




The COAL Foundation welcomes "The Speed Guy" Lee Taft to Northeastern Pennsylvania for a pair of clinics for coaches and athletes at Riverfront Sports in Scranton on Saturday, July 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

Known to most as “The Speed Guy,” Taft is highly respected as one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world. In the last 25 years, he has devoted the majority of his time training multi-directional speed to all ages and ability. He has spent much of this time teaching his methods to top performance coaches and fitness professionals all over the world. Taft has also dedicated countless hours mentoring up-and-coming sports performance trainers, many who have gone into the profession and made a big impact themselves.

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Since 1989, Lee has taught foundation movement to beginning youngsters and helped young amateur athletes to professional athletes become quicker, faster and stronger. Lee’s entire philosophy is based off one of his most notable quote, “Learning athletic movement correctly from the start is the foundation for athletic success.”

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Taft will spend 9 to 11 a.m. speaking with coaches about developing multi-directional speed, how to create a daily, weekly and multi-week plan, and more speed techniques. Cost for coaches to attend this two-hour session is $25.

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Taft will then work directly with student-athletes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., working on increasing acceleration in any direction, improving change of direction and more techniques in this two-hour session. There is no cost for student-athletes to attend this session, but RSVP is required. Coaches who attend the clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. are welcome to attend the athlete session at no additional cost.

For more information or to RSVP, please send e-mail to

COAL Foundation Social - Friday, Jan. 12, at Ragnacci's

The COAL Foundation will hold a social on Friday, Jan. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Ragnacci's in Dunmore. The social is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about the COAL Foundation as well as an opportunity to meet current members, discuss the organization's mission and future events, and find out more about getting involved. Representatives from all area school districts are invited to attend.

COAL Foundation stands for Creating Outstanding Athletics Leaders and the organization's aim is to create opportunities for student-athletes to be empowered, facilitate leadership development, and assist student-athletes in recognizing and achieving their lifelong goals.

To learn more about the social on Jan. 12 or the organization, contact us at

Upcoming COAL Foundation Meeting - Jan. 3, 2018

The next COAL Foundation meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. at Ragnacci's in Dunmore. Plans for the upcoming social on Jan. 12 will be discussed, as well as planning of future events. Anyone interested in joining the COAL Foundation is invited to attend.

Ragnacci's is located at 507 South Blakely Street in Dunmore.

Can't make the meeting or have questions, contact us at