NEWPORT–After receiving confirmation from athletic Mike Kiser Sunday evening, I was able to speak to former North Country boy's Varsity head coach Brian Bonvechio on Monday, who said he was indeed departing from the program.
Said Bonvechio, "The reason that I am leaving the position is that I have lost my passion for the game as it stands now.
"There is too much emphasis on the one-on-one aspect of the game, and not enough focus on the team aspect.
"If I am not into it, then it is not fair to the players, the school and the administration for to me to still be out there coaching."
Bonvechio held the post for four seasons, and it was not always about X's and O's for Brian, but also working with the players, and helping them develop, not just as basketball players, but as people too.
"For me, the best part was that I was able to coach some great young men and make an impact on their lives."
Bonvechio mentioned recent players like Devon Martin, Caleb Prue and Keenan Warner as some of the more pleasurable kids he had the privilege to work with.
Some of the on-court things he will remember are Devon Martin's play against Matt. St. Amour a few years ago where Martin limited the 2,000 point-scorer to just 14 in a Falcon victory, Aaron Medley's buzzer-beater to send a game into over time, and Caleb Prue scoring five points in five seconds to lift North Country over Burlington last season.
Brian will still be involved with the school as the head coach of the NCU baseball team.
No replacement has been made, and the school of course will go through all of the necessary channels in the hiring process, so if an announcement is made, the Express will bring you the details.