NEW BRITAIN - Marc Wesoly knows the expectations that come with coaching at New Britain and heâ€™s more than willing to take them on.
That process started Thursday morning when Wesoly, on his soon-to-be home court, was officially introduced as the new Hurricanes girls basketball head coach.
â€śBeing born and raised [in New Britain], I understand whatâ€™s expected,â€ť Wesoly said. â€śWinning is a tradition here and I really believe that. I remember coming to games when I was really young and seeing the packed house and thatâ€™s my vision. I told [assistant coach] Mike [Jones] my vision is to have the JV games packed because they want to see the varsity games. We have the talent in the school and we just have to get that potential out of them. I expect to win and win a lot. In the conversation I had with the girls earlier, thatâ€™s what we talked about. We expect to win and it doesnâ€™t start Day 1, it starts in the offseason.â€ť
This will be Wesolyâ€™s first head coaching position in girls basketball, although he has coached girls volleyball and softball. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant under former New Britain boys basketball coach Todd Stigliano and was an assistant and later head coach of the Plainville boys program from 2008-14.
During his six seasons leading the Blue Devils, Wesoly went 26-94 with one tournament appearance, which came during the 2010-11 season. Plainville went 9-11, becoming the 30th seed in Class M.
â€śIâ€™ve actually learned a lot from not being a head coach, being on Todd Stiglianoâ€™s staff for a little bit, coaching other sports,â€ť Wesoly said. â€śIâ€™ve learned a lot by just sitting back and seeing different aspects to the game, seeing different coaches create different practice plans and seeing how they prepare for games. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to take away and how you have conversations with student-athletes.
â€śWith the transition from the boys [game] to girls, it will be a change, but thereâ€™s still 32 minutes in a game, youâ€™re still playing between the sidelines. I played college basketball and we used to practice against the girls. We used to practice against the Connecticut Sun, so I know whatâ€™s expected out of the athletes and thatâ€™s what they are.â€ť
Despite the ups and downs at Plainville, New Britain liked what they saw from Wesoly during the interview process -the plan he laid out for the program moving forward and that he had been around the athletic department. It also helped that Wesoly is currently a business teacher at the school.
â€śWe had a lot of candidates and Marc had some unique skills that made him our choice,â€ť Hurricanes athletic director Len Corto said. â€śOne was he had varsity experience. He had coached Plainville for a number of years. He had worked at a number of other programs and played basketball in college. He did coach girls in softball and volleyball and he was in our building teaching. Heâ€™s been helping the boys out with Todd for a number of years.
â€śIt was a good fit and I think itâ€™s going to be a good fit for the girls and weâ€™re looking for big things. I think heâ€™s going to bring some enthusiasm. He brings the academic and athletic expectations to the plate which weâ€™re excited about.â€ť
Wesoly takes over the program from Tasha Manzie, who led New Britain to an 11-9 record in 2016-17 and a berth in the Class LL tournament each of the last two seasons. But the team failed to advance past the first round both years after missing the CIAC tournament from 2011-15.
Wesoly, who described his coaching style as defense-oriented, knows there could be growing pains along the way with the players and new coach getting to know one another, but the Hurricanesâ€™ new head coach is excited to be back patrolling the sidelines in a lead role. And the wins, those will be a byproduct of the work they put in.
â€śWhat I expect on the court is to play hard, have fun and if we prepare like we want to win, weâ€™re going to and those wins will come,â€ť Wesoly said. â€śItâ€™s going to be a big transition for the girls. My coaching style is completely different than what theyâ€™ve had and thereâ€™ll be a learning curve both for myself and the girls. But I expect us to be competitive night in and night out and if weâ€™re competitive night in and night out, the wins will be there.â€ť
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