Andrew names new football, boys basketball coaches
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org April 29, 2014 5:32PM
Updated: June 1, 2014 6:32AM
Andrew has hired a pair of familiar faces to guide its football and boys basketball programs.
Dave Connell, a 1990 graduate, is the new football coach and Dave Wilson, a 1995 grad, takes over the boys hoops coaching duties.
“It’s really exciting,” Connell said. “It still hasn’t quite hit me. It’s a special opportunity to come back to Andrew. A lot of who I am — my character — was formed here. I can’t wait to get started.”
Connell led Rich South to records of 3-6 in 2012 and 1-8 in ’13 during his two seasons as coach. He will remain a member of the Rich South faculty — he teaches world history, sociology and AP economics — until a position opens up at Andrew.
Connell takes over for Jim Malec, who resigned after three seasons. The Thunderbolts are coming off a 5-5 campaign, one that fell well short of expectations.
“Dave Connell has a great passion for football,” Andrew athletic director Rich Piatchek said. “He has head coaching experience and he will hit the ground running. We’re excited for him to continue the great tradition of Andrew football that he’s lived through.”
Wilson has coached the sophomore team for five seasons. He steps in for Mike O’Halloran, who resigned after the season.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Wilson, a driver’s education teacher at Andrew. “I wish the season started tomorrow. We have a group that is hungry to get better. I’m looking forward to get going.”
O’Halloran departed as Andrew’s all-time winningest boys hoops coach, compiling a 120-142 record over 10 seasons, including a 6-20 mark in 2013-14. Piatchek is confident Wilson will get the Thunderbolts back on track.
“Dave Wilson has coached the sophomore team for five years,” Piatchek said. “He’s been preparing to be a head varsity coach for a long time. He’s done a lot of things behind the scenes. I think he will do great things here and raise the bar higher and higher. It will be a new beginning for the program.”