First camp for Swish Saturday

By John Kovach

YOUNGSTOWN — All systems are go for the first Youngstown Swish tryout camp.

The new American Basketball Association franchise will test its first group of candidates Saturday at the Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center in Niles starting at 9:30 a.m .

“We probably will have 20-30 guys there. We have them from coming all over the place. It is looking pretty good,” said coach Bob Patton, a former Struthers High and Youngstown State basketball player and Liberty High and Youngstown Pride coach. “We will have at least two sessions for sure.”

Patton, who has not yet finalized his coaching staff, said the team has been getting inquiries from players every day and hopes to have more registered candidates by Saturday.

“I am more than satisfied. We still have two more days,” he said.

The Swish is co-owned by David Stambul of New Castle, a former YSU basketball player and 1999 YSU graduate, who also serves as general manager.

Stambul, a former assistant basketball coach of the Butler County Community College, has operated LCAA Sports since 2001 and organized numerous basketball leagues as well as fundraisers with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Quicken Loans Arena.

Dennis Paige, a Chaney High graduate, is the other Swish co-owner and also special events coordinator. Paige is owner-president of C.S. Entertainment.

Players wanting to try out may register on-line at or by calling (330) 774-5845 or e-mailing

Patton also announced that the Swish also will hold its first high school basketball camp on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Girard High gym from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Cost to attend the three-day camp is $100. The fee may be paid at the door.

“I will be handling the post players and Mark Metzka and Nick Cochran will teach the guards,” said Patton.

Metzka is a former Springfield High and Slippery Rock University basketball player.

Cochran is a fomer Girard High basketball and football standout who went on to play football at Ohio State and Youngstown State.

He recently was named Girard High boys basketball coach.

Interested high school players may call Patton at (216) 215-0639.

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