Rockville's new basketball coach brings 'family-style' play to Rams
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
The Rockville High School boys' varsity basketball team will be looking to make a big improvement this year. First-year coach Nathan Martins said he has a senior-heavy team that will be extra motivated.
“I like our team, and we play hard,” Martin said. “If we keep playing hard together, we'll be okay. I have a ton of seniors who have been playing together for so long, and I think they realize this is their last year together so they want to make it a good one.”
Captains are seniors Sean O'Gara, Tarchee Brown and junior Tyler Johnson.
“Success for us will come one game at a time – playing together, enjoying life, and playing as a family,” Martins said. “Our motto is 'family.' When we play, we play for each other.”
Martins said he has many talented players, so the Rams will be keeping their play up-tempo, even with bench players in. The team's strength may be defense. The Rams have eight 6-footers on the roster able to rebound, and a lot of the early focus will be on quick transitions. On offense, Martins said he plans to run a lot of dribble-drive, while the long shooting game takes shape.
“We want to run our half-court game, but I really want guys to get out and go,” he said. “In the context of that, we'll be running our offense.”
Martins is a teacher in Windsor Locks, and previously coached at Northampton, East Longmeadow and Westfield high schools in Massachusetts, as well as at Elms College.
“I'm really excited to be here,” Martins said. “It's the first time these players have seen me coach. I'm very energetic and very passionate, so I think it will be fun for them, once they get used to what I'm expecting.”
Rockville opens its season at Hall High School in West Hartford on Dec. 20, and then hosts Bloomfield on Dec. 23 and South Windsor on Dec. 27. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.