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Asst. Coach Billy Clapper


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     The 2009-10 season will mark the third for Billy Clapper as a member of the Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball coaching staff. Coach Clapper came to Pitt-Johnstown after spending the 2006-2007 season on the coaching staff at Division I Indiana State University where he coordinated the daily basketball operations for Coach Royce Waltman. He assisted with opponent scouting reports, player development, and coordinated team travel. His efforts helped the Sycamores earn victories over three teams that reached the 2007 NCAA tournament: Purdue, Butler, and Creighton.
     In addition to his duties on the basketball court, Coach Clapper is also the Pitt-Johnstown men's golf coach. 
     Prior to his time at Indiana State, he was an assistant coach at Penn State-Altoona under Coach Alan Seretti. He was responsible for recruiting, developing game plans, overseeing team perimeter play, and in-game coaching. While at Penn State-Altoona, he coached Tyler Franklin, the school’s all-time career scoring leader and a two-time First Team Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection.  The incoming freshman class he helped recruit to Penn State-Altoona, led the 2007-2008 team to a school record 14 wins last season and a berth in the AMCC semi finals. 
     As a player, he was a member of the men’s basketball team at Youngstown State University. He spent three seasons with the Penguins, where he was twice selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll. Clapper also earned the Tony Vivo Hustle Award as a senior. He played his freshman season at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA before transferring to Youngstown State. 
     Coach Clapper has supplemented his playing experience with extensive work at camps and clinics throughout the United States. He has spent the last nine years doing motivational speaking and instructing basketball skills at over 200 basketball camps. His passion in teaching the game and inspiring others has lead him to start his own company, develop a basketball training video, and direct 21 of his own basketball camps in Pennsylvania. He is actively involved as a volunteer for the Keystone State Games, having served as the head coach of the Laurel Highlands region teams the last 4 years. He is not the only one in his family involved in coaching as his brother Brad, is an assistant coach at Penn State-Harrisburg. 
     A native of Saxton, Pa., he earned his bachelor’s degree in Integrated Business Education from Youngstown State in 2005.  He also received his associate’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Aloysius in 2005 and his master’s degree in Educational Technology from Indiana State in 2007.

Last Reviewed: October 3, 2007