New East Granby boys' soccer coach makes some changes

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Granby - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Brian Baird warms up before the first game on Sept. 10.
Brian Baird warms up before the first game on Sept. 10.

The East Granby High School boys' soccer team began the season with a game against Stafford High School on Sept. 10. The game was the team's first time executing its new formation that was implemented by new head coach Paul Templeton.

“This year, we are going for a slightly different approach,” said Templeton. “We are running a squad format, so I have 27 players total.”

In previous years, the team has played with a 4-4-2 formation: four defenders, four middle fielders, and two forwards. This season, the team adapted to a 4-3-3 formation, which focuses on being more possessive rather than defensive, according to assistant coach Brian Glamuzina.

“For the most part, we have a fresh crew with a lot of new guys, so we are hoping that they’ll adapt to that pretty quickly,” said Glamuzina.

The team graduated nine seniors last year, which Glamuzina said was difficult, because East Granby High School is a small school. However, Templeton said there is a nice balance this year with three freshmen, several sophomores and juniors, and a handful of seniors.

“We are not too big in terms of size, but we're hoping our speed is going to help us be pretty successful this season,” said Glamuzina.

Templeton, a Scotland native, began working for the school district as a physical education teacher at the elementary school last year. Prior to his career in East Granby, he attended Central Connecticut State University on a full soccer scholarship. This season will be the first of his coaching career, but Glamuzina said he is very knowledgeable and has been well received by the players.

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