By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – Next season, the Plainville High School boys basketball team will have a new coach at the helm.
After six seasons in charge of the Blue Devils program, Marc Wesoly made a tough decision to step down and end his tenure as coach at Plainville.
“I enjoyed my time coaching in Plainville and building the relationships I have had with people in town,” said Wesoly.
And when he joined the program as a coach, the Blue Devils were heading to a very special place.
Wesoly saw the best of what the Plainville program had to offer as he learned the coaching craft from long time basketball mentor Gervais Barger.
Barger – who led Platt High School on the hardwood for several winning campaigns – eventually moved on to Plainville and Wesoly was onboard as one of his assistants.
And it was in 2005-06 that the Blue Devils pulled out its “Hoosiers” rendition and won the Division IV basketball championship while Wesoly eventually ran the freshmen program during that successful stint.
From there, Wesoly moved on to head coaching position after a winless campaign by Plainville (0-19) in 2007-08.
The Blue Devils had its ups and downs over Wesoly’s six seasons but in only his first year of action, Plainville saw a significant rise in its victory column.
The squad went 6-14 and Wesoly had his crew going in the right direction.
The following season, the Blue Devils won its first four games but the 2009-10 campaign – its first in the CCC South – ended in an identical 6-14 ledger.
However in 2010-11, things would be different and Wesoly had his best season behind the power of a strong senior crew.
This time around, Plainville won four of its first five games and the Blue Devils defeated Bristol Eastern 62-52 on Feb. 11 to clinch a playoff berth for the first time under Wesoly’s watch.
That squad went 9-11 in the regular season and behind the shooting exploits of Chase Tarca, along with Tyler Wesolowski and Brett Litke, Plainville was a state tournament qualifier.
And while the Blue Devils lost the playoff contest by a 74-53 final to Notre Dame-Fairfield, Plainville had the Lancers on the ropes and midway through the third period, it was only a two possession game (36-30) before the Blue Devils finally ran out of gas.
But over the next three seasons, the Blue Devils battled but those pesky wins came at a premium.
Plainville won two games in 2011-12 and zipped up three last season but that 2013-14 squad certainly was a competitive bunch.
Though the team only went 3-17, seniors Eric Fischer and Shane Pugliese led the charge and helped along an up-and-coming sophomore class along with junior Jayden Lococo and CCC South all league standout, junior Austin Butler coming back for more in 2014-15.
That future includes Andrew Schulman, Timmy Dixon, Debrion Hamilton, Matt Festa, and a host of players hungry for their shot at success.
Sometimes, a coach leaves a program if a large senior class graduates and the future of the team looks a bit cloudy.
With some real talent coming back to the fold in 2014-15, that’s hardly the case for Plainville.
“Being a graduate from there, it is very difficult for me to leave but I believe the future is very bright with the underclassman,” said Wesoly of the Plainville squad. “I have been the longest (tenured) coach since coach (Dave) Rybczyk and I just hope that the boys continue their hard work and determination to get back into the state tournament with the future coach.”
Wesoly helped stabilize the program in terms of the coaching carousel that came about due to the untimely passing of Rybczyk with six solid years of service.
And though Wesoly won’t be running the sidelines, calling plays, and giving the officials a piece of his mind any more, he still wants to help out his former squad in any way he can.
“I told the boys when I resigned, that if there is anything I can do to help them with basketball or getting into college, I will do my best to do it,” said Wesoly.
The Marc Wesoly Coaching File
– Overall record: 26-99 in six seasons
– Plainville won the Rybczyk Memorial Tournament under his watch in 2009, 2010
* Led the Blue Devils to the 2011, Class M state tournament bracket – ranked 30th – and squared off against No. 3 Notre Dame-Fairfield, losing 74-53.