Niagara Gazette — Niagara women’s basketball assistant coach Mark Katarski has been named women’s basketball head coach at Seton Hill University, a NCAA Division II program in Greensburg, Pa., Niagara officials announced today.
“We are thankful to have had Coach Katarski as a Purple Eagle,” head coach Kendra Faustin said. “He has contributed positively in so many ways to our program, our student-athletes and Niagara University. While we are sorry to lose him, we wish him much success.”
Katarski spent two seasons at Monteagle Ridge where he helped guide the Purple Eagles to consecutive MAAC Tournament semifinal appearances. The 2012-13 team finished with the most wins (15) since the 2004-05 season and the 2011-12 team had the fifth best turnaround in the nation.
Katarski’s main responsibilities included scouting opponents, guard development, coordinating equipment, academic advising, and assisting with recruiting. A release from the school said he was instrumental in the development of guards Kayla Stroman and Meghan McGuinness, who earned All-MAAC awards in 2012.
“This decision is so bittersweet,” Katarski said. “I am so grateful for the opportunity and the experience that Coach Faustin and her staff afforded me, and the leadership of Director of Athletics Tom Crowley and President Fr. Levesque. Seton Hill University and Niagara University are similar in their missions and the people that work there, and that’s why it is one of the only places I would have considered leaving for. I have been so blessed to work with a great group of young women on our team for the past two seasons, and wish them all the best going forward.”
Katarski came to Monteagle Ridge after spending the six seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Division III Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Katarski turned a once dormant program into a contender in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). The Cougars recorded four consecutive seasons with double-digit victories and reached the conference tournament semifinal twice during his coaching tenure.
Katarski arrived at Chatham from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg where he served as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for five seasons from 2000-2005, where he led the program to its first conference title in 2003 and earned two berths to the NCAA Division III Tournament.