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12/30/2021

Hi All!
With January right around the corner, we wanted to post a reminder for our Alumni Game/Day on January 22nd @ 1 PM! I know that some did not receive the letter in the mail for which we are very sorry! However, we would LOVE if you were able to attend. Please let any of your former teammates and friends know of the event!

If you can not make the Alumni game itself, we would still love to have you come to the Mountain Cat game at 7 PM, followed by a get together at a local restaurant!

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing Coach Grubbs at:

[email protected]

Check out this article on Freshman Ty Bilinsky and his incredible journey to Pitt-Johnstown.  Great read done by the Col...
11/08/2021
Tyler Bilinski Makes Impact Beyond the Stat Sheet

Check out this article on Freshman Ty Bilinsky and his incredible journey to Pitt-Johnstown. Great read done by the College Basketball Times!

https://www.collegebasketballtimes.com/post/tyler-bilinski-makes-impact-beyond-the-stat-sheet

Tyler Bilinsky’s high school basketball career didn’t have him tracking as a future NCAA Tournament star, but college was on his mind. As a junior at Norwin High School in Pennsylvania he averaged 17 points per game, earning All-Section honors three times as the kind of gritty, productive player...

Congrats to Josh Wise on earning a professional contract as he heads to Uruguay to start his pro career!  Josh recently ...
10/05/2021

Congrats to Josh Wise on earning a professional contract as he heads to Uruguay to start his pro career! Josh recently graduated in 2020 after a stellar 4 years with the Mountain Cats! A 2x All PSAC Selection, Josh wrapped up his playing days as the school's 6th leading scorer (1,541), 14th on the rebounding list (522), and 15th in total assists (266). We couldn't be more proud of everything Josh has accomplished!

Congrats to Josh Wise on earning a professional contract as he heads to Uruguay to start his pro career! Josh recently graduated in 2020 after a stellar 4 years with the Mountain Cats! A 2x All PSAC Selection, Josh wrapped up his playing days as the school's 6th leading scorer (1,541), 14th on the rebounding list (522), and 15th in total assists (266). We couldn't be more proud of everything Josh has accomplished!

09/27/2021

Hello All! With basketball season right around the corner, Coach Rukavina would like to extend an invite to our 2022 Alumni Game/Day to all former players, friends, and family! This years event will take place on January 22nd, 2022 at 1:00 PM. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A letter detailing all of the day's events and times will be sent out this week! Hope to see you all again this winter!

You can reach me at 412-605-2926 or [email protected]

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics
05/06/2020

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics

Recognizing former Mountain Cats working on the front lines battling COVID-19

John Paul Kromka recently received two awards for his outstanding performance in the classroom and on the court.  John w...
03/15/2020
John Paul Kromka Earns Third-Team Academic All-America Honors - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

John Paul Kromka recently received two awards for his outstanding performance in the classroom and on the court. John was first named a Division II Academic All American as the Sophomore Engineering Major has accumulated a 3.92 GPA!
After being recognized for his superb studies, John followed up his academic honor by being named to the 2nd Team All Atlantic Region for his on court ability! John Paul is absolutely the definition of a dual threat!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/3/10/mens-basketball-john-paul-kromka-earns-third-team-academic-all-america-honors.aspx

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/3/13/d2cca-names-john-paul-kromka-second.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 3/10/2020 12:15:00 PM John Paul Kromka Earns Third-Team Academic All-America Honors Austin, TX Story Links FULL COSIDA RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown sophomore forward John Paul Kromka, who has a 3.92 overall GPA in Engineering, was named a 2019-20 CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-...

Congrats to Josh Wise and John Paul Kromka on being named 1st Team All-PSAC West!  Josh and John (also the Defensive Pla...
03/05/2020
Wise, Kromka Tabbed 1st-Team All-PSAC West; Kromka Repeats at Defensive Player of Year - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

Congrats to Josh Wise and John Paul Kromka on being named 1st Team All-PSAC West! Josh and John (also the Defensive Player of the Year for the second time) led us to a 22-9 overall record and captained the team throughout the year. The 22 wins by the Mountain Cats are the most since the 08-09 season!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/3/5/mens-basketball-wise-kromka-tabbed-1st-team-all-psac-west-kromka-repeats-at-defensive-player-of-year.aspx

Men's Basketball 3/5/2020 1:30:00 PM Wise, Kromka Tabbed 1st-Team All-PSAC West; Kromka Repeats at Defensive Player of Year Lock Haven, PA Story Links FULL PSAC RELEASE Senior guard Josh Wise and sophomore forward John Paul Kromka were both named First-Team All-PSAC West Men's Basketball, while Krom...

John Paul Kromka gets it done on the court and in the classroom!  The sophomore engineering major was recently selected ...
02/21/2020
John Paul Kromka Tabbed First Team Men's Basketball CoSIDA Academic All-District - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

John Paul Kromka gets it done on the court and in the classroom! The sophomore engineering major was recently selected as an All Academic pick for the Atlantic Region. With only 5 male student-athletes selected out of 41 schools, this is definitely a huge honor for John and one that we could not be more proud of!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/2/20/john-paul-kromka-tabbed-first-team-mens-basketball-cosida-academic-all-district.aspx

Men's Basketball 2/20/2020 1:09:00 PM John Paul Kromka Tabbed First Team Men's Basketball CoSIDA Academic All-District Story Links FULL CoSIDA RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown sophomore forward John Paul Kromka was named to the 2019-20 Academic All-District® II Men's Basketball Team, as selected by CoSIDA (C...

What a weekend! A huge thank you to all the alumni, friends, and family who made it back to campus for our Alumni Weeken...
02/10/2020

What a weekend! A huge thank you to all the alumni, friends, and family who made it back to campus for our Alumni Weekend. We are beyond grateful for the turnout as we had 28 former Mountain Cats participate in the Alumni Game, and another 40 show up to watch the current Mountain Cats take on Edinboro. Thanks again for making this weekend one to remember!

02/04/2020

Quick update and reminder for this weekends Alumni Weekend. The Alumni game is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday with our Women's and Men's team tipping off at 5 PM and 7 PM. Immediately following the Men's game, we will head to the new Murtha Center located next to the Whalley Chapel for food and beverages.

We have had a tremendous amount of responders and are expecting a lot of former Mountain Cats, friends, and families to be in attendance! If you are planning on coming, or know someone who is, please feel free to send this friendly reminder their way. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

The Post Gazette did a write up on Coach Rukavina and his 500th career win. A couple great quotes from former Mountain C...
01/29/2020
Pitt-Johnstown coach Bob Rukavina collects 500th victory and plenty more memories

The Post Gazette did a write up on Coach Rukavina and his 500th career win. A couple great quotes from former Mountain Cats, Jordan Medich and Nick Novak, really illustrate who Ruk is as a coach and person! Check out the article below!

https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2020/01/29/Pitt-Johnstown-basketball-coach-Bob-Rukavina-UPJ-500th-victory-Lower-Burrell-Riverview-grad/stories/202001290022

Rukavina, a Riverview grad and Lower Burrell resident, earns his 500th career victory at UPJ.

Kromka, for the third time this year, collects the PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week award.  https://pittjohnstown...
01/28/2020
John Paul Kromka Earns Third PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week Honor - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

Kromka, for the third time this year, collects the PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week award.

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/1/27/mens-basketball-john-paul-kromka-earns-third-psac-west-defensive-player-of-the-week-honor.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 1/27/2020 2:37:00 PM John Paul Kromka Earns Third PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week Honor Lock Haven, PA Story Links FULL PSAC RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown sophomore forward John Paul Kromka was selected as the PSAC Western Division Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the...

500! Congrats to Coach Rukavina on reaching the 500 win milestone! The game was not for the faint of heart, but followin...
01/18/2020
Wise’s Late 3-Pointer, Steal Give Coach Bob Rukavina Career Win No. 500 - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

500! Congrats to Coach Rukavina on reaching the 500 win milestone! The game was not for the faint of heart, but following big plays from senior captain Josh Wise, the Mountain Cats pulled out the historic win!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/1/18/mens-basketball-wises-late-3-pointer-steal-give-coach-bob-rukavina-career-win-no-500.aspx

Josh Wise knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:05 left, then made a steal off an inbound pass with 6.4 seconds to preserve a 72-69 Pitt-Johnstown PSAC win over Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center and give Head Coach Bob Rukavina his 500th career victory.

What a fantastic article by Mike Mastovich of the Tribune Democrat. Mike covered Coach Rukavina’s journey to 500 wins an...
01/12/2020
Mike Mastovich | Dialing up 500: UPJ’s Rukavina closes in on milestone

What a fantastic article by Mike Mastovich of the Tribune Democrat. Mike covered Coach Rukavina’s journey to 500 wins and put out a great inside look into “Ruk’s” life and career at UPJ.

Needing one win until he reaches the illustrious milestone, Coach Rukavina is on the brink of history. Hope we can get him to 500 and celebrate his success this week!

https://www.tribdem.com/sports/mike-mastovich-dialing-up-upj-s-rukavina-closes-in-on/article_83b8a2b0-34fa-11ea-924a-47a6d70bbafa.html

Three decades and almost 500 wins later, Bob Rukavina probably still can hear the old landline telephone ringing in his office at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

Earlier this week, Fred Mulbah was named Co-PSAC West Athlete of the Week!  The sophomore point guard has been on a tear...
01/10/2020
Fred Mulbah Tabbed PSAC West Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

Earlier this week, Fred Mulbah was named Co-PSAC West Athlete of the Week! The sophomore point guard has been on a tear to start the second semester having 3 consecutive games with double digit assists!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2020/1/7/fred-mulbah-tabbed-psac-west-mens-basketball-co-player-of-the-week.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 1/7/2020 2:37:00 PM Fred Mulbah Tabbed PSAC West Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week Lock Haven, PA Story Links FULL PSAC RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown sophomore guard Fred Mulbah averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in a pair of Mountain Cat victories to share...

01/06/2020

Hi All!

We hope that the holiday season treated you well and were able to start 2020 on a positive note! Just a reminder that RSVP's for the Alumni Game Weekend are due by the 8th. We would like to get a head count by then, but if you are a few days after it will not be a problem!

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the event on February 8th. Hope to see as many as you as possible!

12/19/2019

Finals week has ended and the Fall semester has come to a close. While we have experienced some success on the court during the first half of the year, we have also produced in the classroom. At the end of the first term, our Men's Basketball team placed 7 on the Dean's List and had an overall team GPA of 3.18! We are beyond proud of our student-athletes and their effort to succeed on and off the court!

For the third time in five weeks, John Paul Kromka has been named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week!  What an impressive...
12/10/2019
John Paul Kromka Secures Third PSAC West Men's Basketball Player of the Week Award - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

For the third time in five weeks, John Paul Kromka has been named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week! What an impressive start for the sophomore captain!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2019/12/9/john-paul-kromka-secures-third-psac-west-mens-basketball-player-of-the-week-award.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 12/9/2019 2:35:00 PM John Paul Kromka Secures Third PSAC West Men's Basketball Player of the Week Award Lock Haven, PA Story Links FULL PSAC RELEASE John Paul Kromka, the PSAC West Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week on both November 18 and November 25, earned his third....

What an experience! Another huge THANK YOU to Rich Ragan for backing our Thanksgiving trip to Puerto Rico!  We are very ...
12/01/2019

What an experience! Another huge THANK YOU to Rich Ragan for backing our Thanksgiving trip to Puerto Rico! We are very fortunate to have had this opportunity and enjoyed every second of our adventure on the Island of Enchantment. Check out the pictures below to get a glimpse of the Mountain Cats during the week.

Oh, and going 3-0 wasn't too bad either!

11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Puerto Rico! The Mountain Cats opened up their three game slate with a win over fellow Division II program, Rio Piedras, 82-57!

Game 2 is set for 7 PM as we take on Bayamon.

Hey All!A few minor changes in regards to our Alumni Game scheduled for February 8th, 2020.  Associate AD, Abby Gearhart...
11/21/2019

Hey All!

A few minor changes in regards to our Alumni Game scheduled for February 8th, 2020. Associate AD, Abby Gearhart, has taken over as the coordinator for the event(s). Please see the attached flier for more information and how to RSVP.

Hope to see everyone back on campus in the New Year!

For the second week in a row, John Paul Kromka was named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week.  Kromka was also na...
11/19/2019
John Paul Kromka Earns PSAC West Athlete and Defensive Player of the Week Honors - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

For the second week in a row, John Paul Kromka was named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week. Kromka was also named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week after his strong performance over Ohio Dominican. Way to go, John!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2019/11/18/mens-basketball-john-paul-kromka-earns-psac-west-athlete-and-defensive-player-of-the-week.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 11/18/2019 2:42:00 PM John Paul Kromka Earns PSAC West Athlete and Defensive Player of the Week Honors Lock Haven, PA Story Links FULL PSAC RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown men's basketball player John Paul Kromka was tabbed the PSAC West Athlete of the Week on Monday, and for the....

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown-Men's Basketball
11/16/2019

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown-Men's Basketball

Exciting times at UPJ! We officially have a state-of-the-art Athletics Weight Room.  Check out the pictures below to get...
11/16/2019

Exciting times at UPJ! We officially have a state-of-the-art Athletics Weight Room. Check out the pictures below to get an inside look of the newest addition to the Sportscenter.

Also, a HUGE thank you to Rich Ragan for his fundraising efforts! Men's Basketball was happy to back the funding for this much needed upgrade.

Picking up right where he left off!  Congrats to reigning PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year, John Paul Kromka.  Aft...
11/11/2019
John Paul Kromka Named PSAC West Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Week - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

Picking up right where he left off! Congrats to reigning PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year, John Paul Kromka. After the first two games of the season, "Pope" was named Defensive Player of the Week!

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2019/11/11/mens-basketball-john-paul-kromka-named-psac-west-defensive-player-of-the-week.aspx

FULL PSAC RELEASE Pitt-Johnstown sophomore forward John Paul Kromka, the reigning PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year, was named PSAC West Defensive Player

Tonight marks the first official practice of the 19-20 season, but first we had to show off the new white uniforms!
10/15/2019

Tonight marks the first official practice of the 19-20 season, but first we had to show off the new white uniforms!

Conditioning 19' in the books!  Ended out the week with our traditional "bank" run.  Great group of guys who worked hard...
10/10/2019

Conditioning 19' in the books! Ended out the week with our traditional "bank" run. Great group of guys who worked hard every day. Official practice starts Monday!

Another year, another new set of Mountain Cats!Check out the newest additions to the 19-20 roster below.https://pittjohn...
09/24/2019
Men's Basketball Brings In Three Recruits For 2019-20 Season - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Athletics

Another year, another new set of Mountain Cats!

Check out the newest additions to the 19-20 roster below.

https://pittjohnstownathletics.com/news/2019/9/24/mens-basketball-brings-in-three-recruits-for-2019-20-season.aspx

Ali Single Men's Basketball 9/24/2019 9:43:00 AM Men's Basketball Brings In Three Recruits For 2019-20 Season Johnstown, PA Story Links FULL RELEASE Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Pitt-Johnstown men's basketball program have added three recruits for the 2019-20 season, including Johnson & Wales (R....

Congratulations to former Mountain Cat, Ryan Durham and his new wife, Nichol! Ryan and Nichol were wed last night in Joh...
08/25/2019

Congratulations to former Mountain Cat, Ryan Durham and his new wife, Nichol! Ryan and Nichol were wed last night in Johnstown and celebrated the night with his former teammates and college coach, Bob Rukavina.

05/14/2019
Nick Novak PG - 2018/19 LPB Highlights

Check out Nick Novak’s newest highlight tape! The former Mountain Cat All-American is coming off another successful season playing overseas for Vitoria SC in Portugal’s pro league!

https://youtu.be/o4X4G07ntDc

Nick Novak - Vitoria SC 2018/19 Highlights Point Guard #7 6 ft. 185lbs (183cm/83kg) Born: 1990 6 Years Pro 2018/19 (32 Games) 30 min/game 16.3 PPG, 5.3 APG, ...

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