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Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:21 pm

Jay Keane knows all about the subvarsity level and perhaps that’s why he truly appreciates what his assistant coaches do for him. Before becoming the head varsity girls basketball coach at Wilmington High School seven years ago, Keane spent two different stints as the Boys Freshmen Hoop coach, helping then Wildcat head coach Jim McCune enjoy what turned out to be nine league titles and many deep state tournament runs.
So on Tuesday night, moments after he was honored by his team at halfcourt for winning is 100th game in his seventh year behind the bench, Keane said the milestone is meant for all three of the program’s coaches, including JV coach Audrey Cabral-Pini and Freshmen Coach Dave Sundberg.
“In all honesty, I’m truly lucky and blessed to have coached these kids,” he said after watching his team improve to 12-3 on the season with a 68-38 win over Winchester at home.  “I’ve had the opportunity to coach a lot of great basketball players who have gone through this program. The program has been winning every year and like I just told the girls, we have been able to establish a winning tradition here. We have done that but I couldn’t do it without my two assistant coaches in Audrey Cabral-Pini and Dave Sundberg. They lay the foundation with the freshmen and JV programs. Both of those programs do very well every year and the girls learn how to win. I think that’s important for subvarsity teams, that freshmen and JV players and teams know how to win. Then they get to the varsity level and it’s like they expect to win.
“I think having such strong Freshmen and JV programs really helps the varsity team. It’s a team effort. I would love to take credit for all (100 wins) but it’s the two assistants who I share every single one of the victories with.”
Keane came on before the 2005-’06 season replacing Al Duffett who resigned after three years. Duffett took one team to the post-season and before him two different coaches took just two teams to the postseason from 1996 to 2002. But since Keane’s arrival, the program has won and continues to win. The Wildcats won 17 games in his first season, before winning 20 and reaching the Division 3 North Final at the Tsongas Arena. After that came seasons of 15, 11, 13 and 12, including going to the North semi-final two seasons ago. All of that success came in the Cape Ann League, and now this year the team is currently 12-3 overall while competing in the Middlesex League for the first time.
Throughout the seven year run, certainly there’s no argument that Keane has been blessed with some talented players, however his X’s and O’s, his preparation, his adjustments throughout games, his work ethic and his overall coaching style is why this team is a contender year after year after year.
“I try to be fair,” he said. “The better players are going to play and should play. I think that I tell each one of the girls their role at the beginning of the season and then I try to do it again during the middle of the season so everyone knows where they stand. That way there’s no one asking ‘well why aren’t I playing’?. Not every girl leaves this program loving it, but I try to be as fair as possible. I expect them to work hard every day, whether in practice or in games. I also have a lot of rules on the way they are supposed to act and they buy into that. That’s why we are a winning program because the girls are expected to work hard and they fill their roles.
“From year to year we graduate kids and are left with younger kids, coming from the JV program. So as girls graduate, we have younger kids who are ready to come in and fill in with that new role. When Amy Fahey left, someone stepped in, when Amanda (Keane) left, someone stepped in. When Ashley Vitale and Brianne Bozzella left, someone stepped in. You need those pieces to the puzzle, but by developing those players at the subvarsity level, I’m able to share the 100 wins with both Audrey and Dave.”

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