NEW BRITAIN - Darwin Shaw is returning as the junior varsity head coach of the New Britain boys basketball program.
New Britain made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
“I have always been about making an impact on my players’ lives on and off the court,” Shaw said. “I don't want to be remembered as just their coach but as someone who is concerned about them outside of basketball. I will approach this season like I have the past 32 seasons, which is to represent the City of New Britain and New Britain High School in a positive manner at all times.”
Shaw was fired from his coaching duties after 32 years of working with the boys basketball program in the beginning of October when new head coach Kurt Reis decided to move in a different direction with the coaching staff. Following a firestorm protesting the decision on the New Britain Herald Facebook page and website, however, the school extended an offer on Oct. 22 to bring Shaw back as the JV head coach.
But Shaw was uncertain at the time if he would take the offer. Almost three weeks later, Shaw decided to return for what will be his 33rd season.
“Darwin and I met about over a week ago to discuss his return to the staff,” Reis said. “We both expressed our thoughts on what has transpired and the upcoming year. When I took the job, my main goal was to turn the program around. It is ultimately about the kids we interact with, and the both of us including the rest of the coaching staff, will work each day towards positively building up these young men.”
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