While Fenwick may have been unable to power full steam into the season, the situation should have been much different for St. John’s Prep.
Dullea served as former Prep coach Sean Connolly’s assistant dating back to 2004, when Connolly was the head coach at Bishop Fenwick.
Aside from the title and the responsibility, very little changed for the Dullea and the Eagles.
”It’s been a really good transition. It hasn’t been a big change from Connolly to Dullea,” senior captain Max Burt said after scoring 13 points in the team’s win over Fenwick. “We knew what was in store for us. He’s the same kind of coach with the same methods and everything. We knew what to expect and we all came in with good attitudes.
”There’s a little difference (between Connolly and Dullea), but they both love to win and both really stress defense.”
That defense was on display last night. The Eagles made Fenwick exert tremendous energy just to advance the ball, and scoring was almost impossible at times for the Crusaders.
Fenwick trailed only 18-10 after the first quarter, but St. John’s (4-0) held its opponents to 11 points over the next two quarters to pull away.
St. John’s will still be using its trademark in-your-face man-to-man defense, and most of the offensive sets that the Eagles ran under Connolly will be utilized by Dullea.
”We have honestly about 25-30 (offensive) sets that by the end of the year we’ll be able to comfortably call,” Dullea said. “Over the years there have been a few sets we didn’t run last year but we ran two years ago that now we’re using again. It’s been pretty much the same stuff, the defensive concepts and philosophies are the same and as we go we’ll put more and more in.”