Ozanam’s basketball program grew from the historically well-known program sponsored by the Ozanam Cultural Center under the direction of the late Carl Kohlman. Players from all over the city and surrounding areas participated in Ozanam’s Basketball League. College coaches, from around the country, came to observe these talented players.
As a close, long-term relationship developed with the players and coaches, a nurturing environment began which provided opportunities that extended far beyond basketball. The coaches became involved in the children’s lives as mentors and provided assistance with college applications and scholarships. The group of basketball players developed into disciplined, respectful young adults who took their education seriously. Many emerged as some of the city’s elite student athletes and received full college scholarships. After decades of unparalleled league play, Ozanam has grown to include the younger players, as well.
Today, Ozanam’s Basketball Program is directed by two former Ozanam players. Karen Hall, former Ozanam player, UNLV standout, and NCAA Division I coach is the Director of the Ozanam Girl’s Basketball Program. Darelle Porter, former Ozanam player, University of Pittsburgh standout, and NCAA Division I coach is the Director of Boys Basketball.
Our program directors hosts clinics, camps, and overall development for the younger player and the growing player. There are fall and spring leagues/ shoot outs for the girls and boys. There is an ongoing skill development during the school year. In addition, Ozanam hosts a Girls 18 and under Summer League, a Summer Co-ed Developmental League, and a Boys 16 and under Summer League. As a continuation of our mission, Ozanam hosts the annual Ozanam Youth Basketball Leadership Conference. The OYBLC exposes youngsters to the Pittsburgh Promise, Nutrition and Fitness, Occupations and Vocations, and overall integrity of the” student athlete.”
Ozanam strives to meet the challenges of today’s ever changing world in the classroom and on the court. For more information : Contact: 412-583-2249 Coach Porter or (412) 860-4767 Coach Hall.