Todd Trimmer knows the landscape at Darien High School and sees a great opportunity in the boys basketball program.
Trimmer was named the new head coach at Darien Tuesday afternoon. He replaces Charoy Bentley.
“There is a great opportunity here to build a basketball culture. I really want to get the basketball program viewed as a premier sport,” Trimmer said. “If you build a culture the kids want to be a part of, the wins will take care of itself.”
Trimmer, 48, has coached for more than 20 years at various levels, including travel and AAU. He spent last season as an assistant at Stamford High.
Trimmer played at Yale University (1989-93) and still serves on the university’s Basketball Association Board of Directors. He is the managing director at Jones Trading.
Trimmer’s daughter attended Darien and played ice hockey. He is familiar with the success of the school’s football, boys hockey and boys lacrosse programs.
“A lot of the better athletes don’t play basketball. It’s a secondary sport,” Trimmer said. “The youth programs are very good, but they stop playing after the eighth grade.”
Trimmer doesn’t have to look very far to mimic what he wants to try and accomplish: New Canaan quickly became a contender and won the CIAC Division IV state championship last season under Danny Melzer.
Trimmer met with the team on Tuesday.
“I told them, ‘Guys, we have a chance to do something special and that begins with you,’” Trimmer said. “There were a ton of amazing athletes in the room today. If they are coached a certain way and buy into playing hard, we can be very successful.”
Trimmer was a star player at Mentor High School in Ohio, and in 1989, was named the Greater Cleveland Conference Player of the Year, and a Northeast “Mr. Basketball” finalist. He remains in the top 10 in scoring at the school and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Dave Stewart contributed to this story.