The biggest move in Rhode Island high school basketball this offseason was Eric Simonelliâs departure from Prout up north to La Salle.
Replacing him wasnât going to be easy, but first-year Prout athletic director Mike Traficante thinks the school â and the program â have their man.
After a summer of searching, Traficante told The Times Wednesday that Westerly boys basketball assistant coach Jed OâMalley will take over for Simonelli this season, beating out two other finalists for the job.
In the years I have been writing this op-ed I recall receiving only two letters and several emails. The latter have been mostly complimentary.
Both letters, on the other hand, were pretty harsh. The first, written back in the second George W. Bush administration, accused me of being a conservative and âa Karl Rove stoogeâ. The latter charge I found interesting since I have never met or spoken to Mr. Rove and he wouldnât know me if he bumped into me on the street.
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