NASD Basketball coaching staff brings over 30 years of basketball experience in the Nazareth Area School District as players and coaches.
Joseph Arndt-Varsity Head Coach
a 1991 graduate of Nazareth Area High School, where he was an all-league football and basketball player. He graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Joe is starting his 27th season in coaching and 16th as the Head Coach of the Blue Eagles. Coach Arndt led the Blue Eagles to its first ever LVC Basketball title (2009-2010 season) and made the first appearance in PIAA state playoffs since 1982. Joe came to Nazareth after serving 3 years as head boys basketball coach at Pen Argyl High School, securing that school's first ever district title. He also served as an assistant coach at Bethlehem Catholic, Nazareth and Freedom High Schools. He resides in Lower Nazareth with his wife Tracey and son, Bryce.
Dave Wickman-Varsity Assistant Coach
a 1989 Nazareth Area High School graduate lettering 3 years in basketball and golf. He attended Northampton Community College and was a 2 year varsity starter on the basketball team. He also attended Moravian College. Coach Wickmann came to Nazareth 15 years go from Pen Argyl High School after serving as Varsity Assistant Coach. He is employed by Dunbar. He resides in Nazareth and has a son, Mason.
Jim Hutnik-Varsity Assistant Coach
joins the staff after a celebrated career as a head coach in both college ( Allentown College-DeSales University, 6 years- record 87-76) and high school (Bethlehem Catholic- 12 years and Easton Area High School- 8 years- record 379-156) ranks. Jim is a graduate of Easton Area High School where he was names All-League in Soccer, Basketball and Baseball his senior year. He later graduated from Lafayette College where he played both basketball and golf. He has been the head golf coach at Lafayette College for the past 17 years. Jim is a retired teacher. He and his wife Sally reside in Bethlehem. They have a son, Kyle 36, who assisted at Easton and was the head basketball coach at Pen Argyl High School.
Craig Topping-Varsity Assistant Coach
is a 1992 Nazareth Area High School graduate lettering three years in basketball and was a starter for the 1991-1992 Colonial League Championship team. Coach Topping attended Shippensburg University and received a B.S. in Environmental Science. Coach Topping is employed by DSM Nutritional Products. He resides in Nazareth and resides with his wife Jennifer and two daughters Sarah and Elizabeth.
Ed Reid-Junior Varsity Head Coach
is a 2002 graduate of PenArgyl High School and an All-League and All-Area athlete in soccer and basketball. Lettering three years in basketball, baseball, and soccer, Coach Reid was the eighth player in PAHS basketball history to score over 1,000 points. He went on to play basketball at Moravian College where he lettered all four years and was a three-year starter. After graduating with a degree in Sociology and a certification in Elementary Education, Coach Reid began his coaching career as the Head JV coach for his high school alma mater. He held that position at PAHS for 4 years and also spent one year at Bethlehem Catholic High School as the Head JV coach. Coach Reid is currently a 6th grade teacher at Nazareth Area Intermediate School and owner of Old Orchard Lawn & Landscape. He resides in Palmer Township with his wife Andrea and their two beagles.
Kevin Wagner-Freshmen Assistant Coach
is a 2017 graduate of Nazareth Area High School where he was a 4 year letterman in basketball and a 3 year letterman in baseball. He was a captain in both sports his senior year. He was the 6th player in NAHS boys history to score over 1,000 points. He was selected to second team all conference and was the leading scorer in the conference his senior season. He attends Penn State University and is earning a Bachelors Degree in Business.
Ryan Kreider-8th Grade Coach
is a 1998 graduate of Bangor High School, where he played three varsity sports. He attended East Stroudsburg University and received a degree in Physical Education. Coach Kreider is a physical
education teacher at the Nazareth Area Middle School. He is beginning his 16th
year as coach of the Middle School. His favorite motto is “Never Give-up, Never
Give In”. Coach Kreider resides in Bangor with his wife, Sara and their daughters,
Ava and Nora.
Ryan Hercik- Freshmen Head Coach
is a 2013 graduate of Nazareth Area High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He attended the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Coach Hercik is currently in his 3rd year coaching at Nazareth and also as a 4th grade Math & Science Teacher at Nazareth Area Intermediate School. He spent the previous 2 years serving as the Middle School Assistant Coach. Coach Hercik currently resides in Bethlehem.
Steve Snyder-7th Grade Coach
is a graduate from Whitehall High School and Kutztown University. He is currently teaching 8th grade Social Studies in the Middle School. Steve is in his 14th year of coaching middle school basketball. His career includes 9 years at nazareth and 5 at Whitehall. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Deb, and sons, Andrew and Matthew.