NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain boys basketball team has its new head coach.
On Monday night, the New Britain Board of Education approved the hiring of Hartford Public head coach Kurt Reis to fill the position.
Reis spent the past 11 seasons at Hartford Public, compiling a record of 179-76 (.702 winning percentage), including leading the Owls to the Class M state final in 2008, there suffering a 63-55 loss to Stratford.
Last season, Hartford Public went 11-9 before losing in the first round of the Class L tournament.
During Reis’ tenure with the Owls, his teams never missed the CIAC tournament, collecting 15 or more wins seven times, including most recently in 2015 when they won 18 games and went to the Class LL semifinals.
New Britain, meanwhile, has not posted a winning season in each of the past two years, missing the Class LL tournament both times. The Hurricanes were 7-13 in 2016-17.
Reis takes over the program from Todd Stigliano, who resigned after seven seasons to devote more time to his family and business commitments.
During his time with the Hurricanes, Stigliano went 78-65.
Reis will be officially introduced this morning at New Britain High School, following a meeting with his players.
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