Boys Basketball Kriftcher named next coach at Trinity Catholic
Trinity Catholic did not have to look far for its new head boys basketball coach.
Brian Kriftcher has been on the Trinity Catholic bench for the past two seasons as an assistant to renowned head coach Mike Walsh. On Tuesday the school announced Kriftcher would be taking over for Walsh, who stepped down earlier this year.
Kriftcher will become Trinity’s first new head coach in 40 years, taking over a program steeped in tradition and championships.
“This is a great opportunity to build on a strong foundation here at Trinity. We are not starting from scratch but this is an opportunity to make it my own,” Kriftcher said. “I think since I have been here for two years I have some credibility with the players. They know what to expect from me and I know about them as players and as people.”
“We at Trinity Catholic welcome Brian to the Crusader family,” Trinity Athletic Director Bob Robustelli said in a statement. “We are confident Brian will carry on a successful basketball program here and enhance it with his own knowledge of the game and disciplinary vision.”
Kriftcher previously was the head girls coach at Westhill and St. Luke’s, where he coached the Storm to the 2010 FAA Championship.
He then served as Walsh’s associate head coach at Trinity for the past two seasons, including the school’s 2017 Class S State Championship team.
Walsh will be staying on as Kriftcher’s assistant coach, providing continuity for the program as it changes head coaches.
“Mike and I work so well together and I respect him immensely,” Kriftcher said. “He will help me navigate the school and I will be able to draw upon his vast knowledge of the FCIAC and all his connections in the basketball world in the area.”
While graduation losses will sting Trinity, the cupboard is not empty with returning big men in junior Rash Fisher and sophomore Akeem Joseph both back in the fold.
“We will be solid,” Kriftcher said. “We have guys back who are really motivated to carry on the tradition of winning at Trinity. Mike and I have slightly different styles of coaching. I think we will be deeper and use our bench more. This is a great league with great rivalries and we look forward to Trinity being near the top of the FCIAC once again.”