Just some quick basketball news for you before we jump back into the baseball stuff. Veteran Red Bank Catholic coach Joe Nappo has stepped down after his second stint with the Caseys after a long career, and has been replaced by one of his former players, 33-year-old Devitt Gillroy, who is also the assistant athletic director to Joe Montano.
I spoke to Gillroy on Wednesday and he said he will look to implement an up-tempo system in which the Caseys will push the ball at every opportunity, so the key right now is just identifying a point guard to run the attack now that senior J.P. Mahon will walk the aisle in June. Gillroy also is looking to get the alumni and former players more involved in helping to support the program. Gillroy is a 1993 RBC graduate who played guard for Nappo and was an assistant with the girls team under Montano before becoming Nappo’s assistant this season, when the Caseys won 16 games and reached the second round of the state tournament.
Another former RBC player, James Young, has stepped down as the boys head coach at Rumson-Fair Haven after two seasons and is now the new head coach of the Red Bank Regional girls team, replacing former coach Frank Mohler. Young is a teacher at Red Bank and leaves Rumson after two winning seasons in which he went 31-21 with the Bulldogs. He now takes over a Bucs girls team that has struggled to get to the .500 mark in recent seasons and went 24-53 in Mohler’s tenure.
“I did this for professional reasons because I feel a lot better coaching and teaching in the same building,” Young said. “I look at the situation (at Red Bank) and I have three districts to draw kids from (Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Red Bank), and there is a great tradition at this program. I think we can make things work.”
Young and Gillroy played on the same RBC teams back in the early 1990s, and Young is a 1994 graduate and a former assistant under Nappo who left to take the job in Rumson two years ago. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a former teammate of both Gillroy and Young at RBC and wish good luck and give congrats to both of them on their new positions.