McCurdy crouch

Scott McCurdy, current Cochranton athletic director and the former head coach of the Cardinals boys basketball team, watches the action as the Cards compete against Erie First Christian in the 2014 District 10 Class A championship game at Slippery Rock University. Cochranton won the game 69-54, earning the program’s first D-10 title in 31 years. 

The McCurdy family is the proud owner of five state championships.

The oldest of the three McCurdy siblings, Sarah, won a state title with the Maplewood girls volleyball team during their impressive 119-0 run in 1995 and was also on the coaching staff of the 2005 team that won the program’s fourth state title.

Anna, the youngest in the family, was also a member of that 2005 squad.

Scott, the middle child, was a member of the Maplewood boys volleyball team that won a state crown in 2000. And the patriarch of the family, Gary, was an assistant coach on that team.

Needless to say, athletics run deep in the McCurdy family.

“(I) loved most sports growing up and competing against friends, siblings and cousins,” Scott said. “My parents and extended relatives are athletic, which means family gatherings always involved competition and still do to this day. Birthday parties, reunions, vacations all include sports and competition. We call each other for pickup games out of the blue.”

So, certainly, there are a lot of memorable sports moments for the McCurdys. And Scott keeps collecting them in his current role as the athletic director at Cochranton Junior/Senior High School.

What is his favorite moment? He has a few for each stage of his athletic career.

As a player, Scott pointed to a win via a last-second shot over Eisenhower that put the Tigers into the District 10 boys basketball finals his senior year (2002), and the intense rivalry matches against Cochranton the year the Tigers won that state title in boys volleyball. Of course, winning that state title with the Tigers volleyball team in 2000 is also one of his favorite moments.

His days as the boys basketball coach at Cochranton from 2012 to 2017 resulted in some spectacular moments. This is where we dig a little deeper.

“My favorite moments are the relationships with players and coaches that I will always cherish,” Scott said. “The most memorable team moment was winning D-10 in 2014 and all the great games that season, including the heartbreaking 95-85 loss in the state tournament.”

That season, the Cardinals won the program’s first District 10 championship in 31 years with a 69-54 victory over Erie First Christian Academy. Their run ended with the aforementioned loss to Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the state tournament. But the team finished with a sensational 21-4 record, which included wins over defending D-10 Class A champion Kennedy Catholic, the program’s first win over a Kennedy team since the 1960s. The Cardinals also defeated Fairview, which at the time of the win was among the “Others to Watch” teams in Class AA in PennLive’s weekly state rankings.

The Cardinals, a perfect 12-0 in region play, averaged 62.3 points per game that season with four players averaging double figures. Garrett Adams led the way with 14.0 points per contest. Nick Dickson had 12.6 points followed by Josh Vanderhoof (10.8 ppg.) and Logan Herzberger (10.0 ppg.).

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