Friday, May 6, 2011

Hazelton Named New Girls Basketball Coach at BG

Scott Hazelton has been named the new girls basketball coach at Bishop Guertin High School, replacing Kevin Gibbs who had resigned from the position following the season.

"I'm extremely happy and fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Bishop Guertin community" Hazelton told the NH Notebook on Friday. "I'm looking forward to working with the current and future student athletes of Bishop Guertin."

Hazelton is a former McDonald's All-American and is currently in his 2nd year as coach of the NH Rivals elite girls basketball AAU program.

There was a lot of confusion and uncertainty around the position and the status of Coach Gibbs at BG following the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season, which saw the Cardinals have a winning record in the regular season before falling to Division I runners-up Londonderry in the quarterfinals. But today Gibbs cleared the air on why he chose to resign.

"I intended to stay on, but I knew my job responsibilities were going to be changing and my available time may dry up" said Gibbs, who is the father of starting guard Madison Gibbs, who is currently a sophomore. "I didn't want to determine late summer that this was the case. So I resigned to give BG ample time for a search. As it has worked out my work days are 14 to 16 hours long at times."

In addition to coaching Guertin for the last couple years, Gibbs has been and continues to be a coach for the NE Crusaders AAU program. Madison Gibbs, as well as other BG girls players Meghan Green and Nikki Hayner also play for the Crusaders.

Hazelton meanwhile has been coaching the Rivals AAU team for the past 2 years, and in that small amount of time he has made them one of the premier girls AAU programs in New England (along with the Crusaders).

Hazelton is a Massachusetts product who starred at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence. After playing in the McDonald's All-American game he played at the University of Connecticut, where he played alongside players like Emeka Okafor, Caron Butler and Ben Gordon. He then transferred to the University of Rhode Island, where he was an A-10 all-league selection. This is his first head coaching position at the high school level.

"Scott will be great there" said Coach Gibbs. "He is a good teacher of the game and will be very successful. I am confident the girls can win the title with him at the helm. Everyone I know who plays or has played for him likes him. Plus he played for my favorite college team - URI!"

The BG girls are expected to be a top 5 team next year in girls D-I. They return the nucleus of their team, including Green, Gibbs and Hayner as well as Cassie Dauer and Jamie Sherburne. Next season they will have as much returning talent as any team in the division outside of Winnacunnet, who will be the hands down favorites to win their 6th consecutive title.

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