Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Signor Steps Down at Milford, Replaced by Parent

Steve Signor turned Milford girls basketball around. He took over a struggling program and coached them to back-to-back Division II Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2014. He has brought enthusiasm to the program and they now have a winning culture over there. But after 4 years at the helm Signor has stepped down and has been replaced by Rich Parent. Parent was an assistant coach under Dan Murray at Milford when the Spartans won back-to-back D-II titles in 2010-2011. More recently he has served as an assistant coach under Pete Rosinski at Pinkerton.

"I stepped down for two reasons" Coach Signor told the NH Notebook. "We just moved to Hopkinton over the summer and my twins are now freshmen (one boy and one girl). They both play basketball so I want to watch them for the next 4 years. I can now make most of their games, except when one has a far away game. Secondly, I started a new job this fall working at SNHU as a military advisor. It requires 2 days per week working in the evening to accommodate our military around the world, so practices for 2 nights would be tough to have. It is a great opportunity because I am former military and my kids will be able to attend SNHU or an affiliate of the college for free tuition. It was a hard decision but necessary because my kids are only young once."

Parent takes over a team that will once again be expected to compete for a D-II title in girls basketball. Milford returns its best player and starting point guard from last year's Final Four squad in Adelle Pitsas (younger sister of Dina Pitsas, a former 1,000 point scorer at Milford now playing for Springfield College). They also return their bigs Rebecca Cleary and Jessica Ryan. Pitsas, Cleary and Ryan are all seniors. Guards Devany Pitsas and Erin McGuire contributed off the bench last year as freshmen.

This is just the latest in a slew of girls basketball coaching changes since last year. Last year's D-I champs and possibly this year's favorite Londonderry's legendary head coach John Fagula retired and was replaced by longtime assistant Nick Theos. Last year's D-II runner-up and the team that will likely be the favorite this year Coe-Brown had their head coach David Hartnett step down and was replaced by assistant Joseph Vachon. Additionally, Maureen LaRoche stepped down at Memorial following back-to-back D-I tournament appearances to accept the head women's basketball coaching position at Fisher College. Also, former BG and NHTI girls coach Kevin Gibbs has taken over at Trinity for Marc Courchesne who stepped down following last season.

Signor is currently still president and head coach for the GS Rockettes AAU program, but says that could change as well.

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