New Canaan, Barlow Volleyball Coaches’ Strong Bond Placed On Hold For Annual Matchup

“He wanted to be a great train and he was like a sponge,” Asplund claimed. “He intended to discover. He intended to be really good. He has Barlow blood so it was truly vital to him.”

Joel Barlow at New Canaan

Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Rapid onward to 2021.

Marino is now in his 5th year as the head trainer at New Canaan as well as is obtaining set for the annual game versus the person he calls a pal and advisor as Joel Barlow visits the Rams at 5:30 p.m., Friday.

“It’s a great deal of fun,” said Marino, that is likewise the head train of the Barlow young boys group. “I believe both programs expect it every year. Mentoring there in the spring, working there full-time, and having a lot of good close friends in the athletic department there, it’s a lot of enjoyable for me.

“It’s type of like a household video game. We eagerly anticipate it, we enjoy and we contend and also have a blast.”

The Falcons have won the very first three meetings from 2017 to 2019, so the Rams will be aiming to appear for the very first time on Friday. The connection in between Marino. Asplund is a tight one.

She showed him the sport throughout Open Health club days with the Redding Park and Rec Division, and he came to be associated with both Falcon programs – betting the boys in the springtime as well as taking care of Asplund’s women team in the autumn.

The 2 trains were with each other for four SWC girls championships – the Falcons have considering that made it eight straight with an SWC South Regional title added last year – prior to Marino went on to New Canaan.

In the springtime, their duties are turned around, as Marino is the head trainer and also Asplund the assistant on a Barlow kids beach ball group which went unbeaten as well as asserted a state championship this year.

Marino stated he and also Asplund speak all the time, although it’s a little bit of “radio silence” the week before their suit.

“She is among my friends,” Marino said. “We kind of hold off on speaking until we play each other. Then we’re all regarding aiding each other be the most effective we can be. To have won the (young boys volley ball) state championship with her in the springtime was so cool. It was like complete circle.”

“He turned into being a friend as well as a co-coach. We have actually gotten to be truly close,” Asplund claimed. “He constantly claims I’m like his 2nd mom, however I don’t like him to state that due to the fact that it makes me feel old, however that’s ok.”

Both the New Canaan and Joel Barlow programs remain in the starting phases of a closer to normal period after in 2014’s shortened campaign.

The Falcons opened the period with a 3-1 loss at Weston on Tuesday.

“This is an important video game for us,” Asplund stated of the New Canaan suit. “We’re really in a restoring year once more. I’m not an instructor that assumes if we lose a game, that’s an awful point. I count on showing the principles early as well as going up from there. We do not have a great deal of girls playing in the offseason, so there’s a great deal of mentor taking place.”

New Canaan also opened up on Tuesday, handling another SWC group when it defeated Masuk 3-0.

“We definitely have a lot of skill, however there’s some inexperience, so we’re going to go via our growing pains,” Marino claimed. “That’s completely okay.