Purcaro steps down as Greyhounds girls basketball coach


Adam Purcaro recently stepped down as Naugatuck High girls basketball head coach, according to athletic director Brian Mariano.
“Assistant coaches Karl Evangelista and Sean Dunn will continue to coach the girls team for the remainder of the season. We will then begin our search for the new head coach for next season,” said Mariano. “We will also have coach Kevin Wesche help out since he knows most of the girls through volleyball and softball.”
Once again the challenges to navigate through this season have been many due to the ongoing pandemic. Naugy started out 2-0, then sat around for three weeks with multiple games being postponed.
Purcaro took issue with some of the girls not playing basketball during the offseason.
“You are not going to be competitive playing just 11 weeks out of the year,” Purcaro said. “But at the end of the day, I failed to promote an environment to create urgent practices daily so we could make shots easier and that’s on me. If the team responds well and starts winning, then I would step aside all day long for their best interest.”
The momentum from all the hard work dissipated upon Naugy’s return to the court. The Greyhounds lost six straight games before snatching a 56-26 win over Ansonia on Feb. 2. Naugy’s record stood at 5-8 entering a Saturday game against St. Paul.