John Iswalt

John Iswalt

Mr.John Iswalt

 Mr. Iswalt graduated from Reading Central Catholic in 1985.    His fondest memory was as a  basketball player on the State Championship team.   He was a versatile player who was committed and determined to help his team win.  Mr. Iswalt learned the value of hard work and dedication in athletics  to achieve lifelong goals.     He began his college career at Lebanon Valley College with an undeclared major, then realized that his enjoyment for the social sciences and love for basketball might bond  into a teaching and coaching career.     With a “game change” in mind he transferred to Shippensburg University  where injury became a minor set back to playing basketball  and completing his education in 1990 became the next “big play”.   Mr. Iswalt graduated from Shippensburg University with a BSED in Social Studies.    A series of substituting and long term sub opportunities followed thru 1991.

            A “life changing” opportunity presented itself to Mr. Iswalt by 1992 when he was hired as a 7th grade Early American History  teacher at the Middle School as well as an assistant high school basketball coach for the Trojans.    Serving on the legendary staff of Coach Ken Davis turned out to be an unbelievable experience that propelled Mr. Iswalt to coach on a team that would turn out to win  the 1992-‘93 State Basketball Championship.    For the next five years coach Iswalt served as a JV basketball coach during a time that was considered a “golden age” of Pottstown basketball, that included appearances in league championships,  district championships, and state championship games.  

            It wouldn’t be long, before Mr. Iswalt would face a challenging but exciting opportunity to succeed Coach Davis as the head basketball coach in 1997.   By December of the same year Mr. Iswalt would earn his Masters in Social Studies Education from Kutztown University.    In order to continue with the success of the basketball program, Mr. Iswalt would move to the high school to teach U.S. History and American Government.    By the 1998-’99 season the Trojans resumed their District 1 status by regaining the basketball championship.    The following year the Trojans would make appearances in the league Final Four and the District 1 Championships.    The next season of 2000-2001 would be a charm for Coach Iswalt and the Trojans capturing their first league title of the Millenium.    Coach Iswalt would resign after the ’02 season due to the start of a young family.     Mr. Iswalt’s absence from coaching would be temporary due to a vacancy that he would fill in 2003-2004 season.  In the classroom Mr. Iswalt would teach a new elective course called Contemporary Issues.    Students met twice a week to read, write , and discuss current events. The young Trojan basketball teams made steady improvement during Coach Iswalt’s second  return.      The teams made the league Final Four and played in  District playoffs. Fans of Pottstown basketball felt that the years ahead were very promising.     They  wouldn’t have to wait much longer then 2007-2008.  A team that rekindled excitement throughout the community and Pottstown Pride and tradition  in winning both a league title and District 1 Championship. Beyond successful basketball seasons and championships of that era,  Mr. Iswalt generated school spirit and pride in being a Trojan.    The years have past and Mr. Iswalt places his energy in teaching  U.S. History, Pre-AP U.S. History and AP U.S. History.      Mr. Iswalt enjoys being a husband and a proud father of three children.



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