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Coach Bob Rukavina Earns 200th Coaching Victory

Coach Bob Rukavina Earns 200th Coaching Victory

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It is with pride that I share with our alumni and friends that UPJ's head Mountain Cat Basketball Coach Bob Rukavina celebrated his 200th game win when the Mountain Cats defeated Glenville State (WV) College, 74-53, on December 6, 2002 in the UPJ Sports Center. This impressive achievement makes Coach Rukavina, the "winningest" men's basketball coach in school history. Rukavina, currently in his 14th season, entered the 2002-03 season with a 196-152 UPJ career record.

During his career at UPJ, Rukavina guided the Mountain Cats to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998 and achieved the National Association of Basketball Coaches national ranking of number 5 following the 1998-1999 season.

Prior to Rukavina's leadership, the Mountain Cats had only four winning seasons from 1969 to 1987. Since then, UPJ basketball has had seven winning seasons, including six straight from 1995-1996 through 1999-2000. From 1996 through 2000, Pitt Johnstown posted an 87-23 record (.791 winning percentage). Coach Rukavina, who has turned the men's basketball program into one of the top Division II programs in the country, achieved his first winning season in 1992 when his team posted a 16-11 overall record.

Rukavina currently serves as a Congressman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

He resides in Lower Burrell, with his wife Sharon and their son Nicholas.

Mountain Cat men's basketball is playing at home on January 16, 2003 (Columbia Union) at 8 p.m. and January 26, 2003 Bowie State at 7:30 p.m. Come out for a game, cheer on the Cats, and join me in congratulating Bob Rukavina on this milestone.
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