Longtime Schenectady coach Sausville taking over in Scotia

Replaces 400-game winner Jim Giammattei
Scotia-Glenville assistant boys’ basketball coach Mark Sausville is expected to be named head coach at the school.
Scotia-Glenville assistant boys’ basketball coach Mark Sausville is expected to be named head coach at the school.

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SCOTIA — Scotia-Glenville High School is replacing one state championship-winning basketball coach with another.

Mark Sausville, whose 12-season run with Schenectady High School included a New York Class A title in 2001, confirmed Saturday that he will be taking charge of the Tartans’ varsity boys’ team.

“I met with the athletic director [Jamian Rockhill] and he asked me if I would accept,” Sausville said Saturday. “I had to talk to my family about it to see if they were okay with it. It’s a big commitment. It’s different than the JV.”

Sausville led Scotia-Glenville’s junior varsity the last two seasons, with his first team going 4-16 and his second putting together 16-4 mark. He is taking over for 400-game winner Jim Giammattei, who led the Tartans to state Class A titles in 2014 and 2015 as part of his 26 seasons there. Sausville’s son, Alex, was a starting guard on the 2014 edition that also secured a state Federation championship.

“G’s [Giammattei] objective was always to put the kids in a position to be successful,” said Mark Sausville, a 55-year-old special education teacher at Schenectady. “That’s what I am going to try to do.”

Sausville will inherit a team with only three players back who saw time last season, and one starter in rising senior guard Christian Corker. The Tartans went 17-5 last season, and reached the Section II Class A semifinals.

“I am asking the guys to buy in, and not with one foot,” Sausville said. “I am asking for a commitment. I don’t want any pretenders as [former Schenectady coach] Gary DiNola used to call them.”

Sausville was DiNola’s varsity assistant for three years. Following the Patriots state-title run under DiNola in 1998, Sausville took the varsity reigns at Schenectady, where 10 of his 12 teams logged winning records.

“I get to follow another great one,” Sausville, a standout player at Mont Pleasant and SUNY Plattsburgh, said with a laugh. “I’m very fortunate, and unfortunate in another way. Success is expected now.”

Sausville’s Schenectady teams finished with a 198-75 overall record, and five of them won 20 games or more. His Patriots claimed five Big 10 crowns and three times placed second in the league. During one stretch his Patriots strung together 35 straight league victories.

“My personality is different than G’s,” Sausville said. “I like to play man-to-man [defense] and go up-tempo with the ball. We’ll do some of the same things, and we’ll do some different things. G had so much success, it wouldn’t make sense to go away from that completely.”

Sausville previously directed junior varsity teams at Union College and Linton High School, and the freshman team at Schenectady.

“I’m thinking I’m ready,” Sausville said. “It’s a great program and the support there is outstanding.”

Sausville’s appointment will become official upon school board approval. The board’s next meeting is Aug. 14.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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