Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bryson Hired as New West Basketball Coach

According to Manchester West High A.D. Sarah Dumais, "Dan Bryson was approved last evening to be the new West Boy's Varsity Basketball coach."

Bryson replaces previous coach Sam Carey. Carey did a very nice job as coach of the team for the past 2 seasons, but stepped down to spend more time with his family.

This was first reported by the Union Leader, and their full article can be found right here.

My Take
West High has seen many of their athletic programs fall on hard times in recent years. The boys basketball team has been the saving grace. Coach Carey did an exceptional job with them. It takes a certain type of individual to be able to coach at West. You must have a lot of patience and really care about the kids there.

Over the last 2 years, there have been players getting in trouble off the court, not showing up to practice, having trouble with grades, etc. Carey told me after one game that he was lucky if he had 5 kids show up to practice. But somehow he led the team to a top 8 finish in Class L each of the last 2 years. He did a great job with the team, and I wish Coach Bryson the best of luck with it.

On the court, the Blue Knights are a potential championship contender in 2011. They return 4 key players from last year in senior guards Samy Abdalla and Quentin Hunter, senior forward Jose Gonzalez and junior guard/forward Aaron Martin. Then there's also Richard Valentin and Greg Asselin, two players who were both starters last year. Both players were seniors last season, but at last check they were petitioning the NHIAA for an extra year of eligibility. If it's granted for both players, West will have their top 6 players from last season all coming back, Valentin will be a Player of the Year candidate and the Blue Knights will be a definite championship contender. Without Valentina and Asselin they could possibly get a top 8 seed.

Recapping the Basketball Offseason
-Dan Bryson hired as new boys basketball coach at Manchester West
-Point guard Dylan Lafond transfers from Trinity to Manchester Central
-Portsmouth basketball coach Jim Mulvey will be returning to coach the team
-Keene junior Theo Speas moves to Florida
-Bedford hires John Langlois to be its new boys varsity basketball coach
-Bishop Brady hires new basketball coaches. Mark Yeaton will coach the boys team, and Tricia Connelly will coach the girls.
-David Madol (Trinity), Connor Green (BG) and Steve Spirou (Pelham) are all returning to their respective schools for their senior season.
-Pelham football and basketball player Michael Lombard transfers to Proctor Academy
-At Pelham, A.D. Tim Powers steps down, Todd Kress takes his place as A.D. and steps down as boys basketball coach, and former assistant Matt Regan replaces him as boys varsity basketball head coach
-Salem High hires Dave Kirsch to be its boys varsity basketball Assistant Coach, and Mike LaRosa to be its JV coach
-Salem names Rob McLaughlin its new boys basketball varsity head coach
-West head coach Sam Carey steps down
-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
-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


  1. So, after reading this entry, and what was reported in the Union Leader, it isn't clear to me how extensive Bryson's coaching background is. Has he done more than assist. coaching at West?

  2. Exeter tourny starts tonight,9 of the 16 are class L Schools.

  3. CITY SPORTS: Overturned vote prompts 'unfortunate' aftertaste

    DATE: July 3, 2010
    PUBLICATION: New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
    PAGE: 01

    MANCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS athletic director Dave Gosselin said he's taking full responsibility over the way his department handled the interview process for the varsity boys' basketball position at Manchester West last week. "This all falls on my lap, definitely my responsibility," said Gosselin. "Should it have happened the way it did? No. Unfortunately it did and, I'm hoping it never happens again."

    A week after being told he wouldn't be nominated, Dan Bryson, who served as an assistant for the last eight seasons at West, was hired unanimously by the full school board. The vote overturned an earlier decision from the athletic committee, who approved Chris Gaudreau to the post the previous week. Gaudreau was given keys to the school by West athletic coordinator Sarah Dumais and, prior to the full school board vote, he ended up resigning as the head boys' basketball coach at Bow.

    Gaudreau actually held a team meeting with returning players from the West program and even handed out summer league schedules to begin preparing for the upcoming season.

    Last week, Ward 9 school board member Art Beaudry, who rallied the support for Bryson, said "whoever gave Mr. Gaudreau the keys to West High should be reprimanded. This makes the district look bad. Final nominations are made only by the full board and it's totally unacceptable that someone who wasn't hired still has keys to the school."

    Gosselin said he didn't know at the time, when the athletic committee gave Gaudreau its approval for the job, that Dumais had given the keys to Gaudreau. "It shouldn't have happened, but the bottom line is, it's my responsibility. This one falls on me," said Gosselin.

    Dumais said she thought she was doing the right thing handing the keys to Gaudreau based on past practice.

    "In the past, whenever the athletic committee has approved a candidate, the full board hasn't changed its mind," said Dumais.

    Gosselin said he hasn't sent a letter of apology to Gaudreau.

    "I haven't thought about it (sending letter of apology), but there are many other people involved in this too," said Gosselin.

    Dumais said she "has apologized profusely to Mr. Gaudreau. I also know that (West assistant principal) Richard Dichard has followed up with phone calls to the Bow administration. From my end, I can only say I followed the chain of command and did what I thought was right."

    Gosselin defended Dumais' decision to give Gaudreau the keys. "She thought after the athletic committee meeting that he was getting the job and, given the fact he was at Bow and didn't really know the West kids, using the (West) gym to meet the players was the easiest way for Gaudreau. It's late in the year and the kids are hard to reach."

    Dumais called Gaudreau "an outstanding person, an outstanding coach. I wouldn't hesitate nominating him for a basketball or lacrosse job in the future when a position opens up."

    Gosselin didn't seem worried about Gaudreau's future as a coach at Bow, assuming he wants to re-apply for his old post.

    "Given all the things (Bow athletic director) Jim Kaufman has told me about Chris Gaudreau, if all those things are true, I don't see how he (Gaudreau) wouldn't be hired back to coach at Bow if he wants the post back."


  4. Why wouldn't the board simply go on the recommendation of the athletic committee? If the board wasn't going to do just that, then why was the athletic committee making a recommendation in the first place. Sounds to me like arrogance of the elected officials - Ms. Dumais said in the past the recommendations made were honored by the board. One of the board members wanted his guy in and threw his weight around to get it done. Doesn't sound like anyone involved Beaudry, Gosselin, or anyone else - cares anything at all about Gaudreau. Total incompetence by all involved