Jack Baranski is a graduate of Coughlin High School and Wilkes University with a Bachelor's Degree in History. As a player he was a first team All-Conference performer in 1987 and a UNICO All-Star Game participant. He coached nine seasons at Coughlin under John Joseph and Ciro Cinti.
He is currently entering his 15th season at WVW with two as offensive coordinator and five as defensive coordinator. A 2011 inductee into the Plains Sports Hall of Fame, he has been a part of 9 District 2 AAAA Championships, nine Wyoming Valley Conference Championships and one Eastern Conference Championship. He teaches American History at WVW High School and resides in Larksville with his wife Michelle and son Nathan. He is also the very proud father and father-in-law of LCpl Christopher Baranski USMC and his wife Emily
Defensive Ends, Running Backs, JV Defensive Coordinator
Doug Mucha is entering his fourth season with the Wyoming Valley West Football program. Doug was a student in the WVW School District, graduating in 2006. While enrolled at WVW, Doug participated in sports including football, wrestling, and track. He served as co-captain of the wrestling and football teams during his senior year.
Following graduation, Doug attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre. While at King's, Doug played football for four years, starting as the fullback for the Monarchs in three of those years. Doug earned his Bachelor's of Art in History while earning secondary and special education teaching certificates. Doug graduated King's in 2010. Doug also earned his Master's Degree from Wilkes University in the spring of 2016.
Following graduation, Doug worked in numerous positions as a substitute teacher at Wyoming Valley West until becoming a faculty member in 2013 as a history teacher at the high school. Doug also continued his football career serving as an assistant coach at Dallas High School for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Doug currently resides in Kingston. He is very thankful to his family and friends for their support along the way and is grateful to be back home at his alma mater.
Ryan Mahovich is entering his ninth season with the Spartans as an offensive and defensive line coach. Ryan's playing career began when he became a member of the Hazleton Area Cougars. As he continued through high school, he succeeded helping the team win two Wyoming Valley Conference Championships, an Eastern Conference Championship, and a District 2 Championship. Mahovich's success continued at the college level at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. While with the Dukes, Ryan played on two MAC Championship teams that competed at the formerly known Division 1AA level. He currently resides in Kingston.
Defensive Assistant, JV Offensive Coordinator
Paul Patara graduated from Wyoming Valley West in 1996 where he also played football. After high school, he attended East Stroudsburg University before earning a scholarship and transferring to King's College. Paul has a Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration and a Master's Degree in Education. Paul started coaching at the varsity level at Crestwood High School where he was part of two district playoff teams.
He returned to his alma mater ten years ago joining Coach Curry's staff. He has been an assistant under Coach Keating for Keating's entire tenure and was part of numerous Wyoming Valley Conference AAAA Championships, three District 2 AAAA Championships and an Eastern Conference Championship team. Paul currently resides in Larksville with his wife April and their cat Kitty.
Assistant Offensive/Defensive Line
Josh Brody is entering his second season with the Spartans as an Offensive and Defensive Line Coach. Although relatively new to the coaching side of the game, Brody has experience as a former Spartan athlete. Brody ended his senior football season as a captain and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the WVC Big School Offensive Team and the annual UNICO game. Brody left his mark at Valley West after capturing a district title and the only Eastern Conference Championship in school history. After graduating from WVW in 2014 he began persuing a degree in criminal justice. He currently resides at home in Edwardsville.
7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Coaches
7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Coaches
Ken McDaniels, Mike Kozich, Jason Wall, Bob Brown, Jeff Zdancewicz, Vinny Colianni
Football Technology Coordinator
Ryan Prohaska is a 2010 graduate of Wyoming Valley West. Despite not playing football during his high school career, he was approached after graduation about a position with the team. He joined Wyoming Valley West's very highly respected audio/video/technology department starting with the 2010 season, while continuing his education at Wilkes University. Throughout the past eight years, Prohaska been a key member of the A/V/T department, working his way up from volunteer to end zone cameraman. Beginning in 2015, Prohaska took charge of the A/V/T department, which includes running this website. He graduated from Wilkes with a degree in Mathematics in 2014, and holds certification in secondary education. Ryan is currently a mathematics teacher at the Wyoming Valley West High School. He resides at home in Larksville.