Hobbs, Auman, Harpst & Dunlap Tabbed To Lead 2024 Senior Classic Teams

Hobbs, Auman, Harpst & Dunlap Tabbed To Lead 2024 Senior Classic Teams

By: Ed Weaver | Big 30 Athletic Corporation | March 15, 2024

Coudersport - Four head coaches have been named for this year's Big 30 Senior Classic on March 24 at Portville High School.

Brian Hobbs (boys) and Tom Harpst (girls) will man the helm of Team PA while Raymie Auman (boys) and Allan Dunlap (girls) will pilot Team New York.

Brian Hobbs

Brian Hobbs spent 10 seasons as the head coach of the Bradford Owls boys basketball team, beginning in the 2010-11 season and concluding with the 2019-20 season. Hobbs, an Otto-Eldred High School graduate, played for Coach Lance Baker. He continued his basketball career as a three-year starter for Coach Andy Moore at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where the Panthers won two AMCC Championships and made two NCAA DIII Tournament appearances. Before coaching at Bradford, he was an assistant coach in the Red Lion Area School District in York, Pennsylvania for three seasons. Hobbs also served as an assistant coach at Bradford under Dave Fuhrman for two seasons before taking over the head coaching job.

Hobbs' tenure with the Owls included back-to-back District 9 titles in the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 season. In total, Hobbs' teams appeared in six District 9 championship games in his 10 seasons. Hobbs also coached Bradford's all-time leading scorer Tyler Gigliotti, who set the mark in 2020, breaking the record previously set by 1987 Bradford graduate Doug Fee.

Tom Harpst

Tom Harpst was one of the early outstanding athletes to come out of the then-forming Reynolds Area School District. He attended Fredonia/Delaware School from 1958-60, then Reynolds High School from 1960-62. He played baseball from 1958-60; basketball, 1958-62; and football, 1960-62. In football, he was awarded Mercer County honorable mention in 1960, when he was named Most Valuable Back.In basketball, his career spanned both schools. At Fredonia/Delaware the first two seasons, he scored 101 and 152 points respectively. At Reynolds, he was a member of the Mercer County Co-Championship team in 1960-61, scoring 167 points. His senior year, he drilled the nets for 339 points as the team again won a county Class B crown. Tom was named to the 1962 All-State Class B Team as honorable mention.

At Phillipsburg-Osceola High, his 1976 boys squad won the District 6 Mountain League and he was named Coach of the Year. At Coudersport High, his girls teams won eight District 9 titles and seven North Tier crowns. He had 10 PIAA state tourney qualifiers, one Elite Eight appearance and two Sweet 16 showings. In 1993 he was named Big 30 Coach of the Year, also winning six North Tier Coach of the Year honors. He served as athletic director at the school for 20 years and was a member of the District 9 Committee. He coached baseball at Lakeview High from 1967-73, winning 2 county crowns. He coached a 1984 Babe Ruth state runner-up team, and 4 district champs. He was a former golf coach for 4 seasons and football assistant coach for 12 years. A baseball and softball umpire, he coached Jamestown varsity softball from 2012-16 and qualified for the D-10 playoffs 3 times.

Raymie Auman

Auman has been involved in Allegany County basketball for over 20 years. A 2001 graduate of Genesee Valley, Raymie was fortunate to be a member of the schools first boys basketball Section V championship team. He furthered his career in college playing for St. John Fisher in Rochester and was a key member of the Elite 8 NCAA tournament team in 2006. After his time in Rochester Raymie returned and was assistant for a few years under his mentor and former Head Coach Don Baker (assistant coach in this year's game). In 2016 Raymie took over as the boys varsity basketball coach at Wellsville High School. In his 7 years as HC Wellsville won 3 Section V championships and reached the state quarterfinals once. Raymie now coaches his daughters 4th grade team and enjoys officiating his 6 and 4 year old boys 1-v-1 games in the basement court.

Allan Dunlap

Allan Dunlap has been an elementary physical education teacher at Franklinville for 25 years. He's a highly experienced educator who's also had a successful coaching career in basketball. In 2020, he retired from coaching after leading the Franklinville girls team to the NYS Class D championship game in both 2018 and 2019, winning the championship in 2019. Dunlap's coaching skills earned him several awards, including the BCANY NYS Coach of the Year title in 2018 and the Big 30 Coach of the Year award in 2020. In 2023, he was inducted into the Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to sports. Dunlap believes that his success is due to his family, mentors, assistant coaches, and student-athletes. Currently, he serves as the Athletic Director at Franklinville Central School.