BROADALBIN – After spending 11 seasons as the boys’ basketball coach at Fort Plain, Casey Russom will take over as the girls’ basketball coach at Broadalbin-Perth this season.
For Russom, the move to Broadalbin-Perth means he will be coaching his daughter, Molly, a sophomore, while also being able to watch his son Landon, a junior.
“The whole idea for me with stepping down was to be able to see more of my kids’ games,” the new coach said. “I was planning to sit in the stands, but when this opportunity came up, I felt it was too good to pass up. It will be nice to see my kids play. I’ll be coaching Molly, and Landon’s games will be on the other nights. That was my No. 1 goal for making this move.”
In addition to spending more time with his children, Russom will be coaching alongside his wife, who will be the junior varsity coach.
“My wife, Marcie, is going to be a varsity assistant for the girls’ team,” he said. “I think it will give the girls an opportunity to be around a great female coach and I think she will be a great influence on the girls.”
In his final season at Fort Plain, Russom led the Hilltoppers to an 18-5 overall record and the Section II Class C championship game, where they dropped a 64-60 decision to Maple Hill.
Russom, who takes over for David Bush, said that this transition from coaching boys to coaching girls has gone well so far.
“It’s been a pretty easy transition,” Russom said. “We’re doing a lot of the same things that I did when I coached the Fort Plain boys.”
Broadalbin-Perth, which went 12-9 overall last season, lost Brooke Bush, Emma Goebel, Haleigh Hayes, Makayla Hodsoll and Julia Mycek to graduation. Goebel was named Foothills Council honorable mention.
“We graduated five seniors and we”re returning four,” coach Russom said. “We don’t have any seniors. We’re young but we’re learning quickly.”
Juniors Camille Calderone and Mairead Marsden return for the Patriots, along with sophomores Molly Russom and Jillian Sassanella. Russom was a second-team Foothills Council all-star last season.
Rounding out the B-P roster are sophomore newcomers Shea Holloway, Mianna Barboza, Summer Perry, Macie Perry, Marcy Hotaling and Emily Siiss.
“Everything has been going well so far,” Russom said. “Our goal is to stay healthy.”
For Russom, the move to Broadalbin-Perth also means a switch from the Western Athletic Conference to the Foothills Council.
“I watched the games last year from the stands, so I learned a little bit about the Foothills Council,” coach Russom said. “It’s never enough though. It’s going to be different going into games not knowing as much about the other teams and the coaching styles.”
Broadalbin-Perth is slated to open its season on Friday, Dec.2, when it faces Shaker in the opening round of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tip-Off Classic.
“I’m expecting us to compete every day and in every game,” coach Russom said. “We’re establishing our work ethic and that’s going to relate to our success.”