This article was originally published by PennLive.com / the Patriot News in 2010. Read this article on PennLive.com or re-visit this article about the 2012-13 Varsity Boys’ Basketball team in the District 3 Playoffs.
Steve Pancoski has been a fixture not only at Harrisburg Academy but in the Southcentral Pennsylvania hoops scene as well, coaching AAU in Camp Hill and assisting in area shoot-out competitions.
He’s in his 22nd year leading the Harrisburg Academy Spartans Boys’ Basketball team, making him one of the longest-tenured basketball coaches in central Pennsylvania.
In his 21 years as head coach at the Academy, he’s guided the Spartans to 10 District 3 playoff appearances, five Susquehanna Independent Athletic Conference championships and a 154-190 overall record.
All his achievements on the court stem from Pancoski’s philosophy, that of melding athletics and academics into one package. These goals mesh very clearly with the mission of the Academy, with a focus not just on student outcomes, but their experiences in and out of the classroom, and character development, as well.
“I treat each player fairly and emphasize that the basketball experience at Harrisburg Academy is an extension of the classroom, where the goal is to help each student realize their full potential,” he said.
“By far the things I enjoy the most about coaching are observing the growth and development of the team as a whole and each individual player on and off the court,” he said.
At Harrisburg Academy, it’s almost always about what happens off the court and in the classroom.
“The biggest challenge is to continually strike an appropriate balance for our student-athletes between academics and their extracurricular activities, including basketball,” he said.
This year, so far so good.
Away from the court, Pancoski is self-employed, working with Optima Technology Associates, an engineering and electronics design company. He went to Bucknell University and Shamokin High School, playing basketball for the latter.