BASKETBALL: To the Quick! Southington taps Newington skipper as new boys coach

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SOUTHINGTON — Ed Quick is the new Southington boys basketball coach and he can’t wait to get started.

The 53-year-old Southington resident, who had been head coach at Newington since 2017, found out this week he would be the new leader of the Blue Knights.

“I’m really excited,” Quick said Thursday. “This is a great town with great schools and great administration; my kids go to school here.

“I know this is a unique place and an outstanding opportunity,” Quick added. “I was really comfortable at Newington and the administration there, but this job popped up and I jumped at it.”

Quick was hired at Newington prior to the 2017-18 season and coached the Nor’Easters through this past winter. He finished with an overall record of 41-57.

Quick has experience coaching at both the high school and college levels. Quick went to Newington after two years serving as an assistant coach at Trinity College. 

Prior to Trinity, Quick was interim head coach at Western Connecticut State, head coach Daniel Webster in New Hampshire and an assistant coach at Wesleyan.

He started his career at Hartford Public and Glastonbury High schools.

Quick grew up in Glastonbury and went to South Catholic. He went on to play four years at Western Connecticut.

“I’ve always had unbelievable role models, from youth football in Glastonbury through all the coaches I’ve learned under over the years,” Quick said. “When I was a senior in college, I turned down an opportunity to follow the money with a career in finance and I went into coaching.

“I’ve had tremendous mentors along the way. Every stop I’ve had, I have such good athletic directors and administration.”

Quick had the chance to meet a few of his new players at a summer league game on Wednesday in New Britain.

“I’m grateful for my time in Newington,” Quick said. “(Newington AD) Chris Meyers is a great leader, friend and supporter. Now I can’t work with (Southington AD) Steve Risser.

“It was the right decision. I loved Newington. The kids were great; everything was great. But this is truly the one job that caught my eye. I reached out to a few people I trust and asked what they thought. They said I should apply and I’m grateful.”

Quick has been a Southington resident for 15 years. He and his wife Kelly moved to town in 2007. They have a son, Eli, and daughter, Ariana.

By day, Quick is Supervisor of Social Studies for East Hartford Public Schools.

“Coaching doesn’t pay the bills; it’s not a job for me,” he said. “It’s not a position; it’s a lifestyle. Coaching brings you an unbelievable rollercoaster ride. You don’t know it unless you’ve been on it.”

Quick takes over for John Cessario, who coached Southington boys basketball from the 2014-15 season through this past winter. Prior to that, Bob Lasbury led the program for 14 years.

Cessario went 67-89 in his eight seasons. His teams qualified for the state tournament three times and reached the Division III quarterfinals in 2017-18. That year the Blue Knights were 16-7, the best record they posted in Cessario’s tenure.

Southington was 4-16 this past winter, a season that saw a number of starters leave the team midseason.

By late April, the opening for Southington varsity basketball head coach was posted. Both Risser and Cessario declined to discuss the circumstances that led to it.

“We are appreciative of the efforts of John Cessario and his staff in his eight-year tenure,” Risser said Thursday. “We wish him well in the future. His contributions were significant.”

That being said, Risser is excited about Quick’s addition to Southington athletics.

“He has more 30 years of coaching experience of coaching in high school and college basketball,” the AD said. “It’s an attractive skill set and he has great knowledge about the CCC, and we are excited about him joining us.”

From Newington, Meyers said Quick will succeed in Southington.

“Ed is a great leader of young men with a great knowledge of the game. He holds kids to standards and he will demand your best effort every day,” the Newington AD said. “It’s tough to lose him with his situation.

“100 percent he will fit in well in Southington; he will fit in anywhere,” Meyers added. “You just have to allow him to do his job. Hold people accountable, set standards and allow them to get those standards. That’s why we got along so well. We both believe in no shortcuts. Everything is earned and nothing is given.”


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