By Jeremy Balan
Convent of the Sacred Heart’s perennially successful girls basketball team could be bolstered even more for the 2010-2011 season, with the hiring of new head coach Phil Galvin.
Galvin has been a presence in basketball coaching in the City since the 1990s, when he was an assistant coach for the University of San Francisco men’s basketball program from 1994-2000, including an NCAA tournament berth in 1998.
“He knows a lot of our families and they put me in touch with him when the position opened,” said Convent athletic director Elena DeSantis. “He’s enthusiastic, loves the game of basketball and talking to his former players, they say the same thing.”
Since his time with USF, Galvin has been at the helm of the Olympic Club’s basketball programs, where he will continue as director of basketball while coaching the Cubs.
“I literally know hundreds of kids and parents over there at Convent and Stuart Hall,” Galvin said. “A couple of players on the girls team I’ve worked with since they were 8 years old.”
Galvin brings a wealth of experience as a coach, but also has credentials as a player. He played NCAA Division I college basketball at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland before his time coaching with USF.
Still, it may be a difficult year for the Cubs, who won the Bay Counties League West championship last season with an undefeated league record.
“We’ve lost all five starters and nobody’s back from last year’s team,” Galvin said. “The talent level is a lot lower than last season. Our one goal, to be honest, is to have 10 better players in March. It’s a team that needs development.”
The upcoming season may have it’s difficulties, but according to DeSantis, Galvin’s presence is already showing results.
“He’s really taken on the program,” DeSantis said. “Rather than just running the varsity team, he’s brought the coaches together as one cohesive program.”