By Matt Jenkins
---- — David Born, a veteran assistant coach who spent the last 16 years at Watertown High School, has been named the new boys varsity basketball coach at Swampscott, according to athletic director Jon Flanagan.
Born started coaching in Watertown years ago, moved on to an assistant position at MIT for nine years, then spent one year at Babson College before returning to Watertown.
Born was attracted to the Swampscott opening for several reasons and was thrilled to hear he was hired when Flanagan notified him yesterday afternoon.
“I think there’s great sports tradition at Swampscott. It’s not brand new now, but it’s a quality high school with a great facility and (the Northeastern Conference) is an outstanding league to play in,” Born said. “I live in Lynn so I’m very close to the community.”
The hiring process was slow with the window for applications closing in late April, and Born endured two interviews with the search committee before being hired.
“It’s been a long process, but a worthwhile one,” the 56-year-old Born said.
Born is looking forward to meeting with the Swampscott players early next week, and he hopes to get the Big Blue back into the state tournament for the first time since 2008.
Swampscott’s newly-appointed coach intends to do that by running an uptempo style.
“I like to play uptempo with full-court pressure,” Born said. “I think we’re going to have to get points off our press and defense. I like to rebound and get it up, play 94 feet and be aggressive, attack on offense and defense.”
Born becomes the second Watertown assistant to land a head coaching position in the NEC in the last few years, joining Danvers’ John Walsh as another branch from Steve Harrington’s coaching tree.
Walsh’s three-year tenure at Danvers has been extremely productive with the Falcons winning back-to-back Division 3 state titles.
“John has done a great job. It speaks volumes about his coaching having qualified for the tournament in his first year and winning two state titles,” Born said. “I think the world of what he’s done.”
Now, Born will the get the opportunity to put his stamp on the NEC.