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Angelo Thomas named Hopkins Academy boys basketball coach

For the past three years, Angelo Thomas has served as assistant boys basketball coach at Greenfield High School. This year, he will be coaching against it.

The tall, lean former Greenfield star has been hired as the Hopkins Academy boys varsity coach, taking over for Tom Bell.

Thomas was hired by athletic director Eric Sudnick after interviewing for the position last week. Thomas said he is excited about the opportunity, and that the situation is perfect, given that he is going to a program he believes is completely behind him.

“They gave a very supportive administration,” Thomas said. “They have a young athletic director that is full-boat hungry. They have a supportive principal, supportive community, supportive parents and a great booster club. And the kids are fully committed.”

Thomas takes over a program that has struggled in recent years. The Golden Hawks were 3-17 last season, 0-20 in 2011-12 and 3-17 in 2010-11. Hopkins has not qualified for the postseason since 2004.

“It’s perfect timing to come here,” Thomas said. “They’ve got a good nucleus of 10 kids I think are varsity material. I want to come here and instill the pride in this program that I know is there. In the winter, it’s just basketball at this school. And if you can help create a sense of pride around this team, younger kids will notice, which makes them hungry and makes them want to excel.”

The 1994 Greenfield graduate played two seasons at the University of Maine and two years at the University of New Haven. Thomas had a chance to play professionally in Italy, but passed on the opportunity. He served as an assistant coach at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, Conn., for five years before returning to Greenfield in 2005.

Greenfield head coach Scott Thayer said he is happy for his former assistant.

“I’ve always considered Angelo a co-head coach,” Thayer said. “I know he’s aspired to have his own program and I’m happy he is getting his shot. He has brought a lot to our program the last few years.”

Thomas, who is a physical and special education teacher at Greenfield Middle School, lives in Greenfield with his wife, Tiffany, and 3-year-old son Grayson.

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