Muskingum University student Tanner Gensler ’23, a volunteer assistant basketball coach for his high school alma mater Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, PA), led the USC team as Interim Coach to a state quarterfinal win with only 6 players due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 outbreak during the week prior to the March 20, 2021 game also caused the WPIAL Champion Upper St. Clair team to be without their head coach and three assistants for the quarterfinal.
The six players for USC included three senior regular starters – among them Tanner’s brother Luke Gensler; one reserve junior; one sophomore junior varsity player; and one freshman junior varsity player.
The 62-57 win over Erie High (Erie, PA) in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal moved Upper St. Clair into the state semifinal round for the first time in the school’s history.
For more, view the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s game coverage.