Mia Malafronte, who had spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach, had two options on the table for a head coaching job. Malafronte said she went with the choice that felt right and accepted the job at Sacred Heart Academy Friday.
“When I woke up in the morning I knew in my heart Sacred Heart was the place I wanted to be,” she said.
Malafronte, formerly an assistant at Amity, was offered the Lauralton Hall head coaching position. Also, Amity coach Paul Thees retired this past season, opening the head coaching job with the Spartans.
“I did seek (the Amity) job out,” she said. “but it wasn’t in the cards and I had other options that were just as good. I was happy to have Sacred Heart.”
She said she liked Lauralton Hall as well, but Sacred Heart Academy was the right fit for her. This will be Malafronte’s first head coaching job. She said she is excited for the challenge and that she likes the Pacers’ program.
Malafronte said she plans to remain an assistant coach with the Amity girls basketball team. The Spartans’ girls basketball team won a share of the Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division last season and head coach Michelle Martinik was named SCC Coach of the Year and New Haven Register All-Area Coach of the Year.
“I love that basketball team,” Malafronte said. “It’s such a fantastic job and coach Martinik is absolutely wonderful. I love working for her.”
The Pacers’ girls volleyball team went 7-11 last season, coming one win shy of a state tournament appearance.