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Roseville High school will see new coaching staff for the 2020-2021 school year for varsity boys and varsity girls basketball, as well as varsity football.
Longtime JV coach Bobby Ritter will fill in as the new varsity boys head coach, replacing Greg Granucci after he stepped down as coach last winter. Ritter has been head JV coach for 12 years at Roseville High School and has had seven winning seasons in a row. Last year’s JV team under Ritter finished with a record tying 24 wins. Coach Ritter also has coaching experience under the AAU program, Westside Cats.
According to Ritter, he is looking forward to expanding Roseville basketball outside of just the basketball world and bringing people from the area together.
“I want Roseville High School basketball to be a source of pride and excitement for the entire community,” Ritter said.
Girls varsity coach Alan Darte also stepped down after getting eliminated in the first round of playoffs this year. After leading the girls team to two playoff appearances in his two years as head coach, he told his team he wouldn’t be coming back.
The girls team is welcoming in new head coach Ronal Earp. Earp has coaching experience at all levels, from coaching boys and girls to coaching AAU, high school and community college.
Varsity girls player Emily Biagioni looks forward to a fresh start with a new coach and hopes to prove herself to him this upcoming season.
“I’m looking to be able to start over this season and show my abilities to the new coach. He has past experience in coaching basketball, so I’m excited for this season,” Biagioni said.
The third coaching switch this year is football coach Joe Cattolico resigning. Cattolico was hired last year and gave the Roseville football team success while taking them to the second round of playoffs in his first year and playing a major role in their 6-4 season. Replacing him was last year’s outside linebacker coach Adam Reinking. Reinking is a physical education and health and safety and has 16 years of coaching experience – 12 of those as head coach.
Last year’s leading rusher of the Tigers Joe Brijs is excited to get to work with Reinking more, as he got to know him last year while playing the outside linebacker position and believes he has a lot to bring to the team.
“I am really excited for this football season and for the opportunity to play Coach Reinking. He is installing a new offense called wing T which I think will suit our team very well,” Brijs said. “It’s a change in the game plan from last year and so it is new and exciting and I can’t wait to see how our season plays out, because I think we can be really successful this year with Reinking as head coach and a solid Junior class coming up to varsity.”