WALLINGFORD - Jim DiNello has resigned from his boys basketball post at Lyman Hall to accept a similar position at Plainville High.
The Southington resident recorded a 16-48 record in three seasons at LH, his best (10-14) coming in his first season, when the Trojans qualified for the Class L tournament and won two games in the SCC tournament before bowing to Hillhouse.
DiNello cited the time commitment as it pertained to the more extensive travel in the SCC, which primarily involves New Haven-area schools, as opposed to CCC. He is more familiar with the CCC’s Hartford-area schools, having coached boys basketball at Farmington (1992-93) and girls basketball at Rocky Hill (1996-98), Newington (1998-2000) and Southington (2000-10).
The Trojans were 5-15 last winter, and at least three underclassmen from that team reportedly have transferred. Likewise, the Blue Devils finished a mere 3-17 in what proved to be their best finish since the 2010-11 season (9-12, the last time the team made the state tournament). Plainville also graduated senior leaders Eric Fischer and Shane Pugliese, both of whom played vital roles in the Blue Devils’ minor successes last season.
DiNello joins former Lyman Hall athletic director Amy Labas at Plainville. Labas accepted an administrative position with the Blue Devils at the beginning of the summer.
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