Coach Salih enters his fourth year as a coach for the La Roche women's basketball team, and his 1st as the head coach. He replaces Kamela Gissendanner. In his 3 seasons as an assistant (2014-2017), Salih helped lead the Redhawks to a 71-13 overall record, three regular season AMCC conference titles that include an undefeated record 18-0 (2016-17), three AMCC tournament titles and 3 straight trips to the NCAA tourney.
"I'm humbled, honored and blessed to take over this great program" Salih said. "I'm so excited for this opportunity to continue the legacy that Coach Benton and Coach Gissendanner started here 11 seasons ago. To be part of such a special place like La Roche College and this program means the world to me."
"I would like to thank President Sister Candace Introcaso, Athletic Director Jim Tinkey and Assistant Athletic Director Katherine Golebie for giving me this wonderful opportunity and for the confidence they have in me to lead the La Roche College Redhawks Women's Basketball program. I also want to thank personally Coach Gissendanner whom I had the pleasure of working alongside for 3 great seasons during my time as an assistant coach. "I am excited to get to work with our young women to continue our culture of Redhawks basketball that annually finishes at the top of the AMCC and competes in the NCAA tourney. "
Salih 48, has twenty plus years of coaching experience on all levels. Salih got his start in coaching in 1996 where he was a men's basketball assistant coach at Vincentian Academy. In 1998 he became East Allegheny High school's JV and Varsity assistant coach where he helped the team win the 1999 WPIAL Championship and a PIAA final 4 berth. From 1999-2005, Salih was the head women's basketball coach at South Fayette High School where his teams made two appearances in the WPIAL playoffs.
He then spent a year as the women's basketball coach at Vincentian Academy making the WPIAL playoffs and winning a section title in 2005. Salih was the Oregon High School (Oregon, WI) head women's basketball coach from 2007-2010. In 3 seasons, he went 38-30 and won the schools first regional championship in twenty-five years.
In addition to his experience at the high school level, Salih has been involved in the AAU/Travel team circuit for the past twenty plus years. He has worked and coached for Steel City PA AAU, PA Lady Bells AAU, The Wisconsin Swing, Wisconsin Force AAU and The Pittsburgh SMAC.