Desmond Lymon has worked in the Bridgeport school system for the last five years, is currently an assistant track and field coach at Bassick High and previously served as an assistant football coach with the Lions earlier this decade.
So when Lymon says he “has seen the lay of the land,” he truly has. So he knows exactly what he is getting into as the new head football coach for Bassick. The appointment was publicly announced on Friday.
“I need to get them organized. There are some freak athletes in that school who don’t play football,” Lymon said.
Lymon, 33, is a former standout player at West Haven High, then at UMass and Southern Connecticut State. He coached as an assistant at West Haven before joining Derrick Lewis, a close friend and former teammate, on the Bassick staff when Lewis became head coach in 2011.
He left to go to Law when Lewis was named head coach there and has been there the past five seasons before becoming a head coach for the first time.
Bassick enters the 2019 fall season on a 22-game losing streak. The Lions’ last victory came against O’Brien Tech on Nov. 12, 2016.
“I really feel like (the team) could be a force to be reckoned with if they are organized and committed,” Lymon said. “They need structure for football like they do for basketball (Bassick is coming off a 20-2 season).”
Bassick has competed in the Southern Connecticut Conference each of the last two seasons. Among the non-conference games this fall will be against Bridgeport Central — coached by Lewis.
Lymon replaces Bill Mella.
“It’s not about wins and losses to start,” Lymon said.“There are athletes there I can assure you. To me, determining success will be having 30-35 guys show up every day for practice. If that happens, then we will be ahead of the curve.”