Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Keene Hires New Hoops Coaches

Keene High has hired new head coaches for both their boys and girls basketball teams. David Sontag is the new boys coach and Cameron Fisk takes over the girls program. Both Sontag and Fisk played their college basketball at Keene State, and both of them now teach locally in the Monadnock region.

Sontag becomes the 6th boys basketball coach in the last 8 years at Keene. This is a program in desperate need of some stability and has struggled for the past several years, missing the playoffs in each of the past 2 seasons. Bill Johnston was the coach for 2 years but was fired halfway through last season in a controversial move by Athletic Director Leslie Farmer. He was replaced by Kent Drake-Deese on an interim basis.

Fisk meanwhile replaces Eric Matte as coach on the girls side. Matte led the Blackbirds to a 10-10 record in 2011-2012, as they advanced to the Division I quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Bishop Guertin. In 2010 his squad made it to the D-I semi-finals and he was named Class L Coach of the Year. In his five years at Keene, Matte coached two different 1,000 point scorers in Cammie Warner (now playing at Quinnipiac) and Ashley Clough (now playing at RPI). Matte stepped down as coach in May to spend more time with his family.

Sontag played his high school ball at Souhegan, where he helped lead the Sabers to the 2003 Class state title. He was a red shirt freshman on the Keene State College 2004 Elite 8 Team and starting shooting guard on the KSC 2007 Sweet 16 Team. He was on staff for Monadnock Regional High's Class I championship team in 2008. Sontag is a Physical Education teacher at Monadnock and has coached at the middle school level recently while also officiating.

Fisk is the nephew of baseball hall of famer Carlton Fisk. His father is Conrad Fisk and is one of four siblings to have played at Keene High. Cameron was a 3 sport star for the Blackbirds. He played tight end in football, center in basketball and pitcher in baseball. He spent one year as a UNH football walk-on before playing 3 years as a power forward at KSC. Fisk is a PE Teacher at Westmoreland School, an elementary school in the Keene area. This is his first coaching job beyond middle school. Fisk is 25 years old.

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