This evening at the WGAM Mr. Basketball Banquet I was notified that the Salem High has officially hired Rob McLaughlin to be the new head coach of its boys varsity basketball team.
He's Paid His Dues
McLaughlin has paid his dues. He has been an assistant varsity coach at Salem and the school's JV coach for 17 years. That is a LONG time to be an assistant/JV coach before finally getting your chance as head varsity coach. McLaughlin's patience has been rewarded. He knows the system inside and out, and he has been coaching for many of those years under the great EJ Perry. McLaughlin also teaches also teaches at Salem. Congrats to Coach McLaughlin. I got a chance to meet him tonight at the banquet. He's a good guy and I look forward to covering his Blue Devils in the coming years.
Passing the Torch
When this evening's Mr. Basketball banquet began, there were 2 Salem coaches in the house. There was EJ Perry and there was McLaughlin. The past and the present. Halfway through the banquet Perry had to leave. And when he did so the only Salem coach left in the building was McLaughlin. The torch was passed.
This was a very sought after coaching position. According to the Eagle Tribune's Hector Longo, the other two top candidates for the position were Mark Dunham and Dave Kirsch. Dunham is also an assistant at Salem, as well as the coach of the Granite State Jayhawks AAU team. Kirsch is a former Timberlane/Babson College player and currently coaches his son Max's NH Rivals 13U AAU team.
Recapping the Basketball Offseason Thus Far-Salem names Rob McLaughlin its new boys basketball varsity head coach.
-West head coach Sam Carey steps down
-Basora changes his mind about going to New Hampton, and instead will be back at Nashua South in the fall.
-Keene head coach Joe Giovannangeli's contract is not renewed
-Sophomore Logan Kesty transfers from Trinity to Bishop Guertin
-Sophomore Brad Holler transfers from Exeter to Bishop Guertin
-Junior Nilsson Basora transfers from Nashua South to the New Hampton School
-Freshman Tate Jozokos is transferring from Kingswood High to the Governor's Academy
-Salem coach EJ Perry resigns, and takes job as Andover High football coach
-6'6" junior Kevin O'Connor transfers from Stevens High to St. Paul's prep school
-In basketball, Bow moves down to Division III, Sanborn moves up to Division II, and Kearsarge's petition to play up in Division II was accepted by NHIAA
-#1 ranked freshman Dimitri Floras and head coach Tim Goodridge are both returning to Merrimack next season
-Bedford coach Joe Kegler resigned