Bishop Fenwick and St. John’s Prep aren’t the only teams adjusting to new coaches. Marblehead is getting accustomed to life with Mike Giardi, who took over the program after former head man Wayne Hanscom shifted to the girls team, while Swampscott is settling in under first-year head coach David Born.
The Magicians are now 3-2 under Giardi after winning the Saugus Christmas Tournament over the weekend.
Marblehead was known as a defensive team under Hanscom, but the Magicians came out of the gate showcasing their offense this season.
”We’re starting to come together and find some things. The kids are starting to get a feel for what we want to do,” said Giardi, a veteran Marblehead football assistant who previously coached the basketball team for six years.
The Magicians have scored over 80 points in three of their first five games.
”We’ve been up there, but we’re letting up a lot of points, too,” Giardi said. “We don’t want to be getting into too many track meets.”
Swampscott is going through some growing pains under Born right now, but the 1-5 Big Blue have shown positive signs. After suffering a 40-point loss to Danvers in their third game, the Big Blue responded with a 75-62 win over Amesbury.
Swampscott is now in a similar situation after dropping an 88-49 game to Watertown. The Big Blue will be looking to bounce back again.
”That’s what we hope to do,” Born said. “That was a tough loss to Danvers and this is similar. We’ll try to rebound against a hungry Winthrop team, but it won’t be easy.”
This is supposed to be a bridge year for Danvers, which lost all five starters from last year’s state championship team, four to graduation and one when junior guard Vinny Clifford tore his ACL.