DiNello resigns, leaving LH hoop post vacant

DiNello resigns, leaving LH hoop post vacant


Lyman Hall's head coach Jim DiNello talks to players during a time out in the third quarter in a match with West Haven Friday at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford on Feb. 21, 2014. | Justin Weekes/ For the Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — Jim DiNello has resigned his boys basketball post at Lyman Hall to accept a similar position at Plainville High.

The Southington resident recorded a 16-48 record in three seasons at LH, his best (10-14) coming in his first season, when the Trojans qualified for the Class L tournament and won two games in the SCC tournament before bowing to Hillhouse.

DiNello cited the time commitment as it pertained to the more extensive travel in the SCC, which primarily involves New Haven-area schools, as opposed to CCC. He is more familiar with the CCC’s Hartford-area schools, having coached boys basketball at Farmington (1992-93) and girls basketball at Rocky Hill (1996-98), Newington (1998-2000) and Southington (2000-10).

The Trojans were 5-15 last winter, and at least three underclassmen from that team reportedly have transferred, so rebuilding will be the new coach’s top priority.

DiNello joins former LH athletic director Amy Labas at Plainville. Labas accepted an administrative position there at the beginning of the summer.

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