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Mark Jula

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

At Ambridge High School, Mark Jula was a fullback, linebacker, and defensive back in football, a point guard in basketball, and a pitcher and infielder in baseball. Mark lettered three times in basketball at Juniata College, and after graduation began his long and distinguished coaching career. His first job was as a teacher and head hoops coach at Solanco High School in Lancaster County, where he coached five years and made the playoffs three times. He spent the next two seasons at Boyertown High School, then moved back to western Pennsylvania and coached four seasons at Moon Area High School, where he made three playoffs and advanced to the WPIAL final in 1987 and set a school record with a 23-6 season. Mark coached at Butler High School from 1987 to 1993, and in 1991 the Tornados won their first WPIAL title since 1915, setting a school record with a 27-4 season. Mark compiled a 134-34 record in his tenure at Butler, then he moved on to North Allegheny, where he led his team to the playoffs five of eight seasons, making the WPIAL championship game in 1995 and 1999 (the first two times the school ever played in a WPIAL title game). Mark went to Center High School in 2003, and the Trojans made the playoffs in his first three years there. Overall, in Marks first 21 seasons of coaching WPIAL teams, he made district playoffs 18 times and state playoffs 14 times. Mark said about his induction into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame: Its humbling because, when I look at some of the coaches whove already been inducted, I see many of the guys who coached me when I was a kid, guys like Vic Bianchi, Frank Marocco, and Ed Gratty. Never did I dream Id be with them some day in the Hall of Fame.