Roger Brown's The State of Sports: Trisciani knows the score at BGBy ROGER BROWN
January 21. 2018 8:47PM
WHEN John Trisciani was hired to become Bishop Guertin’s varsity football coach earlier this month, he knew he was thrusting himself into a numbers game — a numbers game he will have to win to be successful.
Jeff Moore was BG’s head coach for the last three seasons. The Cardinals made the Division I playoffs in 2015 and 2016, but slipped to 1-8 last season. One of the reasons the BG program has taken a turn for the worse is a drop in the number of students participating in football.
“I think if you talk to the other (Division I) coaches, they would tell you that BG right now is not in a good place,” Trisciani said. “I’m pretty aware of the situation I’m in. Looking at the rosters from last season, there are 41 kids in the program eligible to return (from freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams), which is obviously a problem. The biggest challenge is getting the numbers up. It’s a private school and you’re not guaranteed a certain enrollment.
“We have to do a good job of promoting the multi-sport athlete, and once you get the kids you have to try to give them a good experience. Then maybe through word of mouth it will get more kids to come out.”
Trisciani, a 30-year-old Manchester resident, has some things working in his favor. He works in the health and fitness department at BG, and served as an assistant coach at BG for three years before he took over as Manchester Memorial’s offensive coordinator last season. He has also been an assistant coach at Londonderry under Jon Rich and at Goffstown under Justin Hufft, but the BG job is his first as a head coach.
Trisciani played quarterback and defensive back at Manchester Memorial, and also played football at Plymouth State for three years. He said the late Scott McGilvray, his coach at Memorial, was one of his biggest influences, and one of the main reasons he went into coaching.
Trisciani leaned on his father, also named John, for advice when the BG position opened up. The elder Trisciani, who is currently as assistant coach at St. Anselm College, faced a situation similar to the one his son is dealing with when he revived a Trinity program after taking over as the school’s varsity head coach in 2007.
Trinity dropped out of Division I after the 2006 season because of low participation in the program and played an independent schedule in 2007, but in 2008 the Pioneers had 60 players on their roster and qualified for the Division V playoffs.
“I wasn’t expecting that (the BG job) was going to come open, and I didn’t apply right away,” Trisciani said. “I definitely spent a lot of time talking to my dad and (former Memorial coach) Peter Colcord. Everybody pointed me toward applying.
“There are 20 jobs in Division I and having one of them — I’m really proud of that. It’s a great opportunity.”
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THE Growing The Game Coaches Clinic will be held Feb. 6 at Southern New Hampshire University’s Penmen Room from 6 to 9 p.m. The clinic is open to New Hampshire baseball coaches at all levels and admission is free.
New England College coach Chris Shank (offspeed pitch development), St. Anselm coach NIck Cenatiempo (developing competitive practices), SNHU coach Scott Loiseau (team defensive concepts), Merrimack College coach Nick Barese (the mental side of pitching) and Franklin Pierce coach Mike Chambers (mental side of hitting) will speak at the event.
“We’re really doing it for the high school coaches, youth coaches and AAU coaches,” Loiseau said. “Some of the stuff the coaches will be talking about will be basic, some will be more advanced. We want people to walk away with more information than they came with.”
For more information, contact Loiseau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-3083.
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Jutras Post has agreed to sponsor the Post 79 American Legion senior team this season. The team will be called Jutras Post.
Post 79 had a senior team last summer, but voted against having a team this year. Jutras will still have a junior team this summer as well.
Last summer’s Post 79 roster featured 12 players from Manchester Central, four from Goffstown and two from the Derryfield School. Most of those players are eligible to return. The team can also draw players from Manchester West.
Jutras Post’s decision means there will be 18 senior Legion teams this summer, nine from each district.
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Chris Zarkoskie, who spent the last three seasons as the University of New Hampshire’s tight ends coach, has left UNH to take a coaching position at Brown University. Zarkoskie was a three-year starter on the offensive line at UNH. He graduated in 2012.
Brown head coach Phil Estes grew up in Laconia and also played at UNH.