At Dublin we recognize the value of team sports in a student's life. While wins and championships are nice, the real pay-off comes through the exposure athletes gain from working together toward a common goal. Leadership skills are honed. Confidence is built.
Our season, which runs from early December to the end of February, features a 20 game schedule, with games every Wednesday and Saturday. The team plays in the River Valley Athletic League. Our schedule is made up of similar sized varsity clubs from all over New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, including Putney, Eagle Hill, and White Oak, among others. In recent years Wildcat basketball has enjoyed some much deserved success including multiple RVAL Championship appearances.
School support for the program is strong. A healthy contingent of students and faculty attend road games, while home games are a true event at Dublin. Whitney Gymnasium fills up with fans and contests often include several entertaining fan-related half-time events, such as half-court shot contest, blind shooting, and a relay race.
In high school, Coach DiCruttalo lettered 3 years as a varsity player at Franklin High where he was part of two league championship teams and was named First-Team All-League twice. After high school, he continued his playing career at Westfield State University. During his senior year, he was elected captain where he led the team in steals & assists and finished second in points & rebounds. After graduation, Coach DiCruttalo has held various coaching positions at the high school and university level.
Serving multiple years as a college, high school, and youth basketball coach, as well as serving on multiple town & recreational travel boards, has given him a unique insight into overall basketball player development. Over the past 10 years, Coach Di Cruttalo has had the opportunity to work with players all across the development spectrum. From directing youth instructional leagues to helping potential college players maximize their potential and find opportunities to continue their careers after college, Joe has gained a unique view on the best tactics to maximize development for players of all skill levels and ages.