It’s been a busy day in boys basketball coaching moves.
In addition to Foran’s Tim Swaller jumping over the Housatonic River to coach at next-door Stratford, New Canaan and Kolbe Cathedral also found new coaches.
Melzer, a Stamford alumnus, took over for AD and longtime coach Jim Moriarty in 2012 and coached the Black Knights to a 51-38 record over four seasons, including three-consecutive FCIAC and Class LL playoff berths.
He takes over for Mike Evans at New Canaan and will have a full-time job as a physical education teacher.
Over in Bridgeport, Ray coached as an assistant under Vinny Laczkoski at Notre Dame-Fairfield for the past 10 seasons.
Laczkoski was dismissed as coach at Notre Dame following a tumultuous season which saw him suspended for four games for unspecified reasons before returning to coach the Lancers to a second-consecutive state final.
“I think 10 years in one spot is a long time,” Ray said. “If we can get the kids to work hard and buy into being good students of the game, then we will be OK.”
Ray takes over for Greg Thomas, who guided Kolbe Cathedral to a 7-13 record in just one season after replacing Chris Smith.
“That’s what intrigued me the most. I like challenges,” Ray said. “We are trying to build a program. This is not reloading.”
Now there are vacancies at Foran and Stamford.