Ryan Quigley thoroughly enjoyed his first season on the bench of the Keefe Tech boys' basketball program in Framingham, guiding the Unicorns to an 11-11 mark and berth in the Division 3 Central tournament.
But the opportunity to coach the varsity boys' team at Ashland High, his home away from home, was enough to lure him back to the Clocker program. Yesterday, Ashland named the 28-year-old former assistant as its new head coach, replacing Scott Leip, who resigned in mid-March after a nine-year run.
"This is a great opportunithy, having taught and coached at Ashland the past four years," said Quigley, who assisted Leip for three seasons on the bench. "I'm definitely excited to be back."
Quigley, who teaches physical education at the high school, also serves as a Clocker assistant football coach and assistant boys' track coach.
"He did a great job over at Keefe, and it's an easy transition for him and all the student-athletes, and that's the whole key," said Ashland athletic director Phil Moresi. "He has coached all these kids."
Quigley is thrilled to join a Clocker program that will return eight letterwinners, including a strong junior class, but leaving Keefe after just one season was not easy.
"When Scott resigned, a lot of people in the building were saying, 'this is the perfect situation, you teach in the school, it's a no-brainer,' " said Quigley, an Exeter, N.H. native who prepped at Oyster River HS before playing collegiately at Skidmore. "But this wasn't an easy decision, we made the tournament [at Keefe], and I never had to question how hard the kids were going to play, we had a lot of close games, and it was a fun group to coach."
Varsity baseball coach Scott Soderberg and varsity boys' lacrosse coach Bill Graham will assist Quigley on the Clocker bench.
-- Craig Larson
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