“I like the group,” he said with a smile, admitting he was on the verge of losing his voice. “They play hard.”
Ferreer takes Assabet all-time win record
Assabet Valley Regional Tech girls’ coach Frank Ferreer just needed a pen Tuesday night. He never expected the news to be made public.
Yet, moments after he asked the team trainer for something that his players could use to sign the score sheet from their 73-42 win over Montachusett Regional Tech, his record-setting 129th win at the school, word had made its way to Twitter. Then, of course, the secret was out: Ferreer had become the basketball program’s all-time wins leader.
“I got every one of the kids to sign,” he said. “I got my managers, my assistant coaches, everyone that was involved. I’ll keep it in the back of the book, and then at the end of the season I’ll probably take it out and put it in something so that I have it.”
When Ferreer took the job nine years ago, the Aztecs had won just three games in the two previous years. He won seven games in his first season (“Believe it or not, people were excited we were 7-12,” he said) and got to .500 the next year. In every year since, the team has amassed at least 14 wins.
All of his teams are characterized by a frenetic pace.
“I love chaos,” he said. “That’s what we try to create on the court. The more chaos, the better chance we have of winning. We want to play 94 feet, pressure all over the place, play nothing straight up, trap all over. Sometimes it’s very successful, sometimes it’s very ugly. But that’s our style.”
There should be plenty more wins on the way. Already 4-0 this season, Ferreer has most of his starters back from last year’s sophomore-laden team, including the Colonial Athletic League’s top all-star vote-getter, point guard Tia Joubert .
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