By: Carmine Giovino
Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
Associate Director of Athletics
The past two seasons, the Berkeley Carroll Boys Varsity Basketball team has enjoyed unprecedented success. The program followed up an A.C.I.S. League championship in 2014 with a N.Y.S.A.I.S. State Championship in 2015, their second year in a row making it to the final day of the season. It was after this most recent season that while watching Notre Dame Men’s Basketball’s run to the Elite Eight, that I noticed a number of similarities between Berkeley Carroll and Notre Dame.
Both are institutions that value academics and have rigorous programs. These rigorous programs and high standards often mean both Berkeley Carroll and Notre Dame need to be creative in how they approach their basketball programs. Berkeley Carroll doesn’t recruit athletes and screens for only the top candidates in admissions. While Notre Dame does recruit, their admissions standards are also so high they often are unable to recruit the same athletes their competitors can. I reached out to the basketball staff at Notre Dame and explained these similarities between their programs. Not only academically but both schools play similar styles of basketball and have similar comparative personal.
Notre Dame’s staff was extremely receptive to my request to come and view practice. From my perspective, even through Berkeley Carroll has been so successful lately, it was no time to get complacent and it is always a good idea to continue to learn your craft. What better place to learn than from some of the best.
This past weekend, I flew down to Notre Dame and was given access to the basketball team for the weekend. I attended practice Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was able to pose questions to the coaches and got a behind the scenes look at how the team prepared and executed their plans for each practice. I returned to Berkeley Carroll with sample practice plans from Notre Dame, wisdom from Head Coach Mike Brey and an abundance of drills, workouts and sets to hopefully make Berkeley Carroll even better. Go Irish, and Go Lions!