Ansonia did not have to go far to find its new girls basketball coach, choosing former assistant Vincent DellaVolpe. The newly named head coach has been an assistant since 2009 and was an assistant coach of the baseball team, too , from 2005 to 2011.
The coach inherits a team that went 0-20 last season. Former head coach Patrick Lynch stepped down to focus on his family and because of another job. Before the 2013-14 season, the Chargers were one of the Naugatuck Valley League’s best, advancing to the Class M quarterfinals.
“I think coming off that year people started to know who we are,” DellaVolpe said.
Last year slowed down some of that progress. However, DellaVolpe said his main concern is not just putting more wins on the board, but also getting more girls involved. The coach is making added participation a team effort, as he sat down with his players and told them to help him get more girls on the court.
“It’s going to be their responsibility to try and get the word out,” he said.
DellaVolpe will continue to work with the youth girls basketball program in the Valley. He said the program is getting stronger and should produce talented Chargers in the near future.
“In the next two to three years we’ll have more girls coming out,” he said.
Low numbers and coming off an 0-20 season, DellaVolpe knows the job will not be easy. Despite the obstacles, he is confident that with the help of the youth program and his current team, Ansonia will rebound from a winless season.
“It’s going to be an uphill challenge, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.