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December 31, 2013

In the Paint: Fenwick's Preziosa, Prep's Dullea aiming high in first season as head coaches

In the Paint

Matt Jenkins

DANVERS — Two coaches stood in front of opposing benches very much focused on the present last night at St. John’s Prep.

It’s already been a long road traveled in a short time frame for Bishop Fenwick’s John Preziosa and St. John’s Prep’s John Dullea, but both first-year head coaches have big plans for the future at their respective schools.

Even though the Eagles — one of the top Division 1 programs in the state — came away with a lopsided 72-41 victory, more may have been gained by the Crusaders, a program that dropped into Division 4 this season.

”This might sound strange, but I think we found something tonight,” said Preziosa, who served as an assistant at Melrose High last year after previously holding head coaching positions at Bunker Hill Community College and Wheelock College. He was also an associate head coach at Salem State under Sean Doherty.

Seven games into Preziosa’s tenure, Fenwick sits below .500 at 3-4 (2-1 in the Catholic Central League), but the Crusaders played with an effort last night — especially in the first quarter — their new coach hadn’t seen yet.

”I thought we had a poor effort against Boston Latin (last Friday night), so I told the guys in the locker room, ‘You can’t have those efforts anymore because you exposed yourself tonight by playing your butts off,’” Preziosa said. I’m extremely optimistic about where we’re going and pretty happy with where we’re at. We’re going to keep plugging away; there’s no quit in our team or staff.”

Preziosa didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the Crusaders in the preseason. Fenwick had only 10 practices before its first game and the Crusaders also had to deal with a few missing players who were competing for a Super Bowl title in football.

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