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Lions Basketball Overview

The basketball program at The Phelps School has existed for decades, competing in the famous Lyons Gym until The Phelps Athletic Center was completed in time for the 2018-2019 season.  The program won numerous Tri-County Independent School League championships throughout the 1990s and 2000s until establishing its first prep team in 2010.  Since the inaugural prep team, the Lions have seen over 100 Phelps basketball players compete at various levels of college basketball, with over 30 playing Division One.  Kyle Vinales (Central Connecticut State), Terry Larrier (Virginia Commonwealth/UConn), Quincy McKnight (Sacred Heart), and Mike Watkins (Penn State) highlight the cast of Phelps basketball players who have gone on to have tremendous success in college and beyond.  They are joined by Chas Kelley (Boston College), Jack Collins (Monmouth University), and Wisler Sanon (St. Francis University PA) as the newest crop of Lions ready to make their mark on the college hoops scene.  On the court, the Lions boast four PAISAA semi finals appearances (2014, 2015, 2019, 2020) breaking through in 2015 for the schools first PAISAA championship by defeating Westtown. 

Meet the Head Coach : John Harmatuk

John Harmatuk enters his 26th year as a Head Basketball coach, 2nd season at the Phelps School. Highlights of his career:

  • 16 years as Head Coach of Cypress Springs HS outside of Houston, TX. 12 times his Cypress Springs teams made the state playoffs. 2007 Coach Harmatuk was Regional Coach of the Year.
  • 8 years as the Head Coach of Malvern Prep. In the 2020 campaign, the Malvern Prep Friars went 27-4, 10-0 in league play and in 2020, Coach Harmatuk was named Philadelphia Coach of the Year.
  • The last two years as Head Coach of the Phelps School, Coach Harmatuk has compiled a 39-7 record.
  • Some of the college's former players of Coach Harmatuk have played at: Marquette, Boston College, Towson, Bucknell, San Diego, Monmouth, Akron, New Mexico, Wichita State, St. Francis, Swarthmore, and Johns Hopkins University