Moschella to stay as Columbiana coach

COLUMBIANA — The Columbiana High School basketball coach whose job came under fire at this month’s board of education meeting will continue coaching through this year.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Columbiana School District said it has taken steps to address issues pertaining to head girls basketball coach Ron Moschella.

As a result, Moschella will continue coaching, but on terms on conditional employment.

The statement also said the district interviewed every member of the girls basketball team and coaching staff as part of the investigation.

In addition, it also gathered input from legal counsel, student athletes, parents and community members, and “not just those who have been vocal on social media,” the statement said.

Moschella came under scrutiny after Rob and Casey Hall issued a formal complaint to the board about his behavior, which they described as verbally and even physically abusive toward their daughter and the team. The Halls said the coach shoved their daughter in the back twice during a game earlier this month.

They said they wanted Moschella to be fired by the board, or either resign.

Their complaints were mirrored by several other complaints from people on social media and other news media outlets stating that Moschella’s behavior was inappropriate.

However, as many supportive comments were also seen and heard about the coach, with many calling him a “father figure” and a good coach.

In the Tuesday statement, the district said that Moschella will remain in the coaching position for the rest of the year as long as he meets terms of conditional employment, which includes appropriate conduct on the court.

“Any use of inappropriate language and embarrassment in coaching of student athletes will be considered a violation of the terms of conditional employment,” it said.

The district also said in the statement that Moschella has agreed to the terms moving forward.

“The district’s expectations moving forward, with all of its coaches and staff members, remains unchanged. We must, and will continue, to maintain an environment of dignity and respect toward others at all times,” the statement said.

Moschella has compiled a 130-19 record in six years in Columbiana. The Clippers are 20-2 this season and will host either Mineral Ridge or Girard in tournament play on Saturday.