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.
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