Brosious opts to stay in game, takes reins at Mohonasen

Former Schenectady Christian School girls' basketball coach Paul Brosius is taking over the program
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Girls’ basketball coach Paul Bros­ious won’t be taking some time off, after all.

The driving force behind Schen­ectady Christian School’s rise to Section II prom­inence has accepted the varsity post at Mohonasen High School.

Brosious guided Schenectady Christian over the last eight seasons. His Lady Falcons reached four Section II title games and averaged over 15 wins per campaign. His 2005-06 team won the school’s first sectional championship, at the Class C level.

“I planned on taking a few years off from coaching. I came to that decision during the season, and this came up after the season was over,” said the 38-year-old Brosious. “I kind of looked into it, and it was a great opportunity.

“I’ll always have a great deal of fondness for Schenectady Christian and all of the girls I’ve worked with. They put so much into it. Part of me will always be there.”

Gina DeAngelis, the SCS junior varsity coach and a former player for Brosious, will take over the varsity.

Mohonasen reached the Section II Class A championship game this past season under coach Meredith Eberz before losing to Averill Park, and finished with a 9-14 record after going 2-19 in 2006-07. Brosious will have veteran players Nicole Adach and Michelle Aviza leading his first group there.

“There are good players there, and a lot of great people at Moh­onasen,” said Brosious, who works as a psychologist in the Cobleskill-Richmondville school district. “They also play in a great league [Suburban Council], the best around. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

Brosious led Schenectady Christ­ian to a 127-54 record, Western Athletic Conference Southern Division championships in 2002, 2006 and 2008, and WAC Cup titles in 2006 and 2008. His 2002, 2007 and 2008 teams were sectional finalists.

“I’ve had some great players and some great teams,” Brosious said. “I’ve been very fortunate in that respect.”

His final team, anchored by SCS career scoring leader Sarah Child, won 22 straight games before losing to Maple Hill in the Section II Class C title game. The Lady Falcons finished with a No. 17 state ranking.

“I never recruited one player, and I’m proud of that. That puts what they did at a different level. They were great kids and they worked really hard,” said Brosious. “There are only two schools in all of Section II that are smaller, so what they did was really a great accomplishment.”

With only one senior on its roster in Katie Kaidas, Schenectady Christian won the Section II Class C banner in 2006 with a 48-19

triumph over Middleburgh. The Lady Falcons were seconds away from winning the Class CC-C playoff and advancing to the state tournament after that, but Katie Kilmartin banked a desperation three-point basket to give Hoosic Valley a 35-33 victory.

“Winning the sectional final has to be one of my best memories,” said Brosious, whose 2005-06 team, which also featured Child, Ashlyn Slater, Rosa and Paola Pardee, Amanda Brush and Ther­esa Goodrich, finished with a 21-3 r­ecord.

“But all of the [sectional] semi­final wins were special, and so were the WAC Cup wins. Even some our losses are memorable.”

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