Published: March 09, 2006 11:27 pm
Bazzani not sure of future
By Nate Beutel
After saying before the season that this would year be his last as head coach
of the Niagara Falls Wolverines, Dan Bazzani is backing off those statements
as his team prepares for a matchup with Fairport in the New York State Class
AA Far West Regionals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo State College
“That’s not a focus right now. I’m not even thinking about it,” the coach
said. “I really haven’t given it a lot of thought and I’d rather not think
about it. I’ve been concentrating on the next task at hand.”
Most of Bazzani’s players have the same feelings. To a man, they haven’t
really thought about it during their run to another Section VI championship.
“It never really crossed my mind,” senior Kendall Davis said.
Senior point guard Anthony Marshall added: “We’ve never really thought about
Whether the reigning National High School Coach of the Year comes back for
another season or rides off into the sunset, all of Bazzani’s players know
what kind of impact he has had on them.
“He’s a leader to our team,” Davis said. “He helps us win games and I don’t
know where we would be without him.”
Tyrell Lynch, the Wolverines 6-foot-8 senior big man, along with Marshall both
say that Bazzani brings more than just basketball knowledge to the defending
state and federation champs.
“Coach Bazzani means everything to this team,” Lynch said. “Every day he’s
here at practice giving us everything he’s got and making us better people and
Marshall chimed in, “He’s a great coach and he let’s us have fun. He’s a nice,
Despite Bazzani’s unwillingness to say whether he will return to the bench
next season, a handful of players felt as though their coach should go out on
“It would be nice for him to go out with back-to-back championships,” Davis
“We want to win it for coach Bazzani and send him off a winner,” he said.
Bazzani on the other hand continued to refuse to speculate, while saying that
he was focused on getting back to Glens Falls.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “I’d rather think about
containing Corey McAdam and beating Fairport.”