Saturday, November 27, 2021

A girls basketball carousel spins across Schenectady County with new faces in Mohonasen, Mekil Christian and Scotia Glenville.

The coaching landscape of girls’ basketball in Schenectady County has changed, with familiar names roaming around in new places.

Three district schools have approved new coaches for the 2021-22 season, all of which are related to girls’ basketball. Curt Bailey, a member of the Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame from Tamarak High School and St. Rose College, is the new head coach of Mohonasen; Doug Holden, who has coached Mohonasen for the past six seasons, is now the head coach of Mekila Christian Academy; and Maisie Howard – former Micheal-Christian Outstanding Athlete – will coach just down the street from her alma mater in Scotia Glenville.

Bailey is one of the best coaches in Section II women’s basketball history. He has won 325 games and four field championships in four separate stretches at Tamarac since the mid-1970s. In St. Rose, Bailey coached the women’s basketball team from 1989 to 2001, taking on a program that played at the NAIA level at the time of his arrival at the NCAA Division II force, which won 279 games during his 12-season tenure and spent most of the 1999-2000 season as the best team in the country.

The veteran coach who last coached at Hoosic Valley after finishing his last stint at Tamarac said he was thrilled by the opportunity that Mohonasen’s coaching job offers.

“Mohonasen is in the process of recovering,” Bailey said, “but I know there are enough athletes in this school, and if we can get them to go out and play basketball, we can raise this program to a competitive level. It got me excited, the idea of ​​starting all over again and building. “

Mohonasen’s athletic director David Bertram said the school has decided to relinquish Holden’s mandate to “move in a different direction.” It was a bit of a fluke that the coach with Bailey’s resume then considered his name.

“Kurt fell on our knees,” Bertram said. “We are very lucky that he came forward in this position. His enthusiasm and his knowledge of the game will benefit our girls and the program. ”

After completing his stay in Mohonasen, Holden led the Mekeel Christian Academy team that made it to the Division II Class B championship game when the regional basketball championships last competed in 2020.

The team was coached by Kelsey Collins, who, in addition to his duties as sports director of the school, became the coach of the boys’ basketball team at Mekil Christian Junior School University.

Holden and Collins have a relationship dating back to Collins working at Holden’s summer basketball camp, and Holden said that Collins contacted him about Mikil Christian’s work “about 12 hours” after Holden was informed that he was not will return to Mohonasen.

Holden is committed to success with the young Mekeel Christian team.

“We have to stick to this old adage,” Holden said. “Our goal is to be successful. We need to build a program. We have many children who are very interested. There is such a great foundation. “

Just around the corner from Sakandaga Road, Howard is delighted to see her first job as a university coach.

The Amsterdam native, née Macy Holmes, was a prominent advocate of Mikil Christian Academy, from which she graduated in 2015. She played basketball at Russell Sage College in Albany for four years, starting every game in her last three seasons and averaging 6.9 points each. playing during her career.

Howard was familiar with the Scotia-Glenville program through her older sister, who worked as an assistant for Megan Bowman, who coached the Tartans in 2016-19 before becoming the women’s basketball coach at SUNY Cobleskill.

After meeting Scotia-Glenville sports director Jamian Rockill, Howard knew she had found the perfect spot.

“He nearly fell into my lap,” Howard said. “It’s like a calling when I can’t say no. I cannot miss this. I dreamed of coaching at a higher level and just helping girls, because once I was in their place and I know the impact a coach has. I’m so glad to do it. “

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