Basketball: Harmatuk takes over at Malvern Prep

Malvern Prep has announced John Harmatuk as its new head basketball coach.

Harmatuk previously coached for 12 seasons at Cypress Springs High (Tx.), located outside of Houston. Last season, he guided the squad to the regional semifinals of the state's Class AAAAA playoff tournament.

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John Harmatuk has been tabbed the new basketball coach at Malvern Prep. He last coached at Cypress Springs High (Tx.), located outside of Houston.

"We don’t see many resumes like John’s come across our desks, and through our conversations and meetings, we were wowed by John’s experience, his values and the way he carries himself,” said Malvern Prep athletic director Kurt Ruch in a statement issued by the school.

“He has had success at the highest levels of high school basketball and his references were exemplary. We are excited to start this new chapter of Malvern Prep basketball.”

Under Harmatuk, Cypress qualified for the state playoffs eight times. In 2007, after guiding the Panthers to a district title, he was named regional coach of the year.

“Malvern Prep felt right from the start,” Harmatuk said. “All of the people I have met have been great and have asked me how they can help. There is an amazing feeling of community here.”

Added Ruch, “When he was interviewing, John stressed that his coaching philosophy was guided by a positive but demanding approach, a foundation based on character and toughness, and inspiring his student-athletes to be servant leaders. These are exactly the values that the Malvern athletic program is looking for.”

Harmatuk replaces Jim Rullo, who stepped down after last season to take to top spot at Neumann University.