Edwards excited to take over as hoops season approaches

Sometimes things just work out. And for the Tolland boys basketball team and their new coach Dean Edwards, it’s a good thing they did.

“I received my coaching certification during the spring and the first position that I noticed that was open was the Tolland position,” Edwards, who will coach for the first time in Connecticut, said. “After doing some research about the Tolland School System, the Athletic’s Program and the community I felt Tolland had a lot to offer me, and vice versa, so I applied for the position. The rest, I guess, is history.”

Edwards played his college ball at Butler University and continued in college basketball as an assistant coach at several stops including Rutgers and Trinity College.

The new era in Tolland hoops will not be an overnight change. But through hard work and a slow change of the culture and philosophy in the gym, Edwards hopes to turn Tolland into an annual competitor.

“My teams will play tough, hard nosed defense and will be prepared for each and every game,” Edwards said. “Hopefully by doing this and taking a blue collar approach to things we can be competitive in a very tough division.”

The CCC is one of the toughest basketball conferences in the state, and Edwards hopes his athletes will be tough competitors and well-rounded in the classroom.

“My general philosophy and/or approach to coaching and building a program is to develop high character student-athletes who are held to high standards and are held accountable for their actions.”

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