There is a new person in charge of the Region 10 (Lewis Mills) athletic department as former Berlin High School boys’ soccer coach, Dave Francalangia, made the jump from the field to the administrators’ office.
Francalangia, who started on Mar. 10, spent the last 15 years as the Redcoats’ head coach, leading them to four straight quarterfinals appearances and two semifinals appearances; he also spent the last ten years as an assistant track coach.
“I wanted to expand my leadership capabilities,” he said. “Over the past year I was looking for an administration position and Burlington gave me a shot.”
Francalangia was also a social studies teacher and was head of the social studies department for the last three years.
“People who I worked closely with told me that I should pursue more leadership challenges,” he said.
Francalangia takes over for Dave Tanner, who took over as assistant principal of E.O. Smith in November.
“I learned a lot from my mentors and I want to share a lot with our coaches,” Francalangia said.
“Right now it’s more of an observation period, I want to see what’s worked here, see what needs to change, or be worked on,” he added. “I don’t think a good leader comes in and wipes the slate clean.”
The Spartans are in the midst of a very successful year so far.
In the fall both the boys and girls soccer teams took home Berkshire League titles, the girls’ volleyball team took home the regular season title and the conference tournament title and Jackson Morrow won the boys league title in cross country helping lead the Spartans boys cross country team to their second straight league title.
In the winter the girls’ basketball team won a share of the league regular season title, the boys basketball team came in second place in the league, after winning six games each of the last two seasons, and reached the Class M semifinals.
“We are looking to continue to improve,” Francalangia said.
The biggest issue that faced Region 10 was when Harwinton and Burlington residents voted down an athletic fields project in January.
Francalangia, who said he doesn’t know much about the project, but said he, would like to see the project be brought up again.
“Maybe it was too much, maybe we can do it in a few phases,” he said.