BROADALBIN – There will be plenty of new faces when the Broadalbin-Perth boys’ basketball team takes to the court this season.
Chief among them will be first-year head coach Jonathan Randolph who is taking over for Tucker Gifford.
Gifford, was the Patriots’ boys’ varsity basketball coach since the 2004-05 season, also led the girls’ varsity program from 2017-2019. After 18 seasons at the helm of the boys program, he decided to step down from that position to devote his time to his role as the district’s athletic director. It will mark the first time since the 2003-04 season, when he served as an assistant to Jim Zullo, that Gifford won’t be on the B-P bench.
Randolph is looking forward to his first season as a varsity coach.
“I’m excited about the season,” Randolph said. “It’s been going well so far.”
The new coach is a Niskayuna graduate and has coached at his alma mater at various levels.
“I was the junior varsity coach for four years. I also coached the freshman team and I was a varsity assistant under Ben Smith,” Randolph said.
He inherits a squad that lost several players from last year’s team that went 10-11 overall. That group includes Alex DiCaterino, Mariano DiCaterino, Josh Hughes, Mike Magliocca, Luke Tambasco and Matthew DeJong. Mariano DiCaterino was named a second-team Foothills Council all-star.
Broadalbin-Perth returns four seniors – Zachary Robles, Ryan Savoie Jr., Kenneth Carey III and Samuel Hotaling – from last year’s team. Also back is junior Landon Russom.
Seniors Camron VanSlyke, Dean Smith, Sam Spraker and Jake Alteri are new to the varsity team this year, along with juniors Lucas Davey, James Montes Jr. and Lorenzo Tambasco.
“The guys are working hard and I’m throwing a lot at them,” Randolph said.
Broadalbin-Perth is slated to open its season Sunday, Dec. 4, facing Cobleskill-Richmondville in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown.
“So far, so good,” Randolph said. “We’re looking forward to getting the season going.”