Sam Zullo - Varsity Coach
The 2019-2020 season will be Coach Zullo's 7th season with the Trojans. The team is coming off the second best season is school history with a 21-4 record and trips to the CCC and State Quarterfinals. The team was 18-0 at one point in the season and was ranked #3 in the state for the majority of the year.
In his first six seasons at Simsbury Coach Zullo's teams have compiled a record of 88 - 49. The Trojans have qualified for the Class LL state tournament in each of the six seasons, have advanced to the quarterfinals one and the second round twice. The team has also qualified for the CCC conference tournament four times after failing to do so for more than a decade. Coach Zullo has coached seven all-conference players and two all-state players during his tenure:
Allie Davis 14' (twice), Katie Martensen 15' (twice), Briana Patria 16', McKenna Finken 18' (twice), Sophie Rosenberg 18', Mary McElroy 20', Kate Sullivan 20'
Allie Davis 14' - New Haven Register All-State
Katie Martensen 15' - CIAC All-State Academic
Coach Zullo came to Simsbury after one season as the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Coventry High School. In his year at Coventry, the Patriots went 16-7, advanced to the semi-finals of the NCCC conference tournament, and earned the 6th seed in the Connecticut Class 'S' State Tournament. Other coaching experience includes coaching in upstate New York under NYS Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Zullo for several seasons as an assistant, leading the Suffield Freshmen Boys team to a 15-1 record and the Simsbury Junior Varsity Boys team to a 16-4 record. Coach Zullo has also been involved in coaching the Simsbury Spartans girls AAU basketball program.
As a player, Coach Zullo won two sectional championships in five varsity seasons between Indian Lake and Broadalbin-Perth, NY. He still holds the Broadalbin-Perth school scoring record with 1,674 points. Coach Zullo continued on to play and graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he was a member of the Liberty League All-Academic team and earned 'All-Tournament Team' honors at the 2007 NYU tip-off tournament.
In his spare time Coach Zullo enjoys spending time with his wife Caylene and his son Jordan.
Jim Zullo - Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Jim Zullo is entering the 2019-2020 season in his seventh year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Trojans.
We could not be more fortunate to have Coach Jim Zullo volunteer his time at Simsbury. He coached for over 30 years in New York State and is a member of the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame and the Shenendehowa High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Over his career, Coach Zullo amassed more than 500 career victories, over a dozen sectional championships and won a large school state title.
In his spare time Coach Zullo enjoys spending time with his wife Linda, and is an avid fly-fisherman and fishing guide in upstate New York.
Rick Bangs - Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Bangs is starting is first season with Simsbury for the 2019-2020 season. From 2013 - 2018 Rick was the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Newington High School. Rick's teams are always well organized and terrific on defense. His wealth of knowledge and experience will be invaluable to our program. We are excited to have Coach Bangs on our sideline this season!
Vinnie Cianfarani - Varsity Assistant Coach
Briana Patria - Varsity Assistant Coach
Kim Day - Junior Varsity Coach
Erica Martino - Junior Varsity Coach
Juan Gonzalez - Assistant Coach