Jason Kirck was content to remain as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame-West Haven.
He wasn’t seeking to leave to become a head coach again until recently, when the girls basketball job at Sacred Heart Academy opened. Kirck decided to go for it and was officially named the new Sharks coach on Wednesday.
“The opportunity to build a girls basketball program at Sacred Heart was a unique opportunity, one I felt was the right time and place to do it,” Kirck said.
Kirck, 45, was previously a head coach for the Staples boys in Westport from 1997-2007. He spent the last dozen years back at Notre Dame, first under Gary Palladino, Kirck’s coach as a player, then under Jason Shea the last six seasons.
“I was so happy to coach at Notre Dame, nothing ever crossed my mind to coach anyplace else,” Kirck said.
In the last four seasons, Kirck was the director for the girls AAU teams in the Connecticut Basketball Academy. He also coached each year anywhere from fifth to ninth grade.
Among the players he coached was his oldest daughter, Emma, who will be entering the ninth grade at Sacred Heart Academy in the fall.
Kirck will replace Bruce Rich, who resigned after the season.
“Until the opportunity presented itself, I had no idea this could be possible,” Kirck said. “To build a girl’s program in the SCC, it was the right time for me to become a head coach again. The goal is to build all aspects of the program, from training, to conditioning, to player development and make Sacred Heart an awesome place and opportunity for girls to play basketball. All of that Notre Dame experience, I’ll lean on those experiences to guide me in directing the program at Sacred Heart.”