MONTVILLE, NJ - With a strong leadership and young talent, Coach Bill Medina is excited to train a team with such “a passion to win and compete.” The boys varsity head coach looks forward to a promising season based on productivity, improvement and encouragement from teammates.

Senior co-captain Liam Cassidy said, “The boys and I have dreamt for this special season for way too long. We cannot wait to showcase our talents and bring school spirit to the sport we love.”

Led by returning varsity seniors, Cassidy, Zach Warech and Joe DelloStritto, the team’s strong dynamic and support of one another will allow them to improve and ultimately succeed in one way or another.

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“We want to not only have an amazing season but we really are excited to show crowds how well we play together and display the chemistry we have built up with each other since middle school,” Cassidy said.

Medina’s focus for the team this season revolves around building a stronger foundation of skills and knowledge about the game.

“We don’t have much size, so we know we will have to do the little things this year such as diving at loose balls, taking charges, making the extra pass and making sure we are communicating as much as possible,” Medina said.

While the team strives to improve the fundamental techniques, Medina himself aspires to become “a great role model, positive influence and make my players not only better basketball players but also better young men.” Although the team’s level of expertise is important, he believes respect is the key to a rewarding season.

“I feel if I have a team that respects me, their teammates and the game of basketball, it will be a successful season regardless of wins and losses,” Medina said.

Although the boys last season ended with a winning record, Medina said, “As a team, we never put a number of wins to gauge our success…Our goal this year is to practice hard, compete and get better every day.”

Nonetheless, the team aspires to improve their record and increase their performance.

“My goal every year stays the same,” DelloStritto said. “It’s always been to win counties or to win states. I’m just in a position to help keep my teammates eyes on the prize.”

“We feel this is a very reachable goal with the players we have,” Warech said, supporting DelloStritto.

As Medina reflects on last year in preparation for this season, he said, “The biggest thing I’ve learned is to just prepare the players as much as you can and have trust in them that they will follow your lead.”

Montville’s first home game is against Mendham on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m.