Frank Rossi had sat out two seasons in between jobs, but now in the thick of the 2019-20 season, he doesn’t feel like he spent any time away from the game.
Rossi is in his first season at Morgan and the Clinton school out of the Shoreline Conference, stands at 9-3, state-tournament bound for the first time in three seasons.
“The biggest thing when the job opened up here, I couldn’t refuse it. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Rossi said. “I live here and work here. I wasn’t actively searching for jobs, I was not waiting for jobs to open up.”
Rossi is the the director of information technology for Clinton Public Schools. He had previously been the head coach at Hand for nine seasons (2007-16).
Before that, Rossi spent four seasons at North Branford (2003-07) so he has some familiarity with the Shoreline Conference. He has already been back to North Branford, Morgan winning in convincing fashion, 83-43 on Jan. 21, which put Morgan into the postseason.
“It brought back a lot of great memories. It was great to see a lot of old faces and catch up,” Rossi said.
It’s been a balanced scoring effort for the Huskies. Chris Nuzzo and Garrett Johnson are the two leading scorers, neither of them over 11.0 ppg, according to Rossi. He also said Nuzzo has been averaging a double-double in three of the last four games at 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Even with six experienced seniors on the roster, Rossi started with a small goal — exceeding last year’s win total.
“Once we got to our fifth win, we shifted our focus to eight (wins). Now we are 9-3,” Rossi said. “Watching this team as an outsider, I saw the potential. Given the league, I thought it could be a tournament team.”
Right now, Morgan controls its own destiny to earn a home game in the Shoreline tournament quarterfinals. That is now the goal. Rossi won’t put a number on where he thinks the team can finish victory-wise, but with Division V being “wide open,” the finish to the season could be just as surprising as the start.