HARVARD -- The Bromfield School announced its new boys' basketball coach at a meet-and-greet inside its cafe Thursday evening.
Over the summer months, there were rumors circulating that long-time, legendary head coach Tom Hill would not be returning. In his 36 seasons between both the girls' and boys' basketball programs, Hill accumulated unofficially more than 500 wins.
But now, Hill passes the torch to Carlisle native Ryan Kilian. Kilian was a three-sport athlete at Concord-Carlisle High School, and now teaches in the Concord-Carlisle school system.
"I have heard a lot about coach Hill over the years," Kilian said. "From being a local guy myself, I am looking to keeping his legacy and the Bromfield program going in the right direction."
In terms of playing-style, Kilian looks to bring a fun, up-tempo brand of basketball to the Bromfield program.
"I want to change the atmosphere and culture in terms of making it a positive experience for the kids," Kilian said. "We will play a fun brand of basketball. We get up and down the court and use our athleticism and get the kids running. We will play press. We will play man and zone."
In addition to his teaching duties, Kilian has also served as a contributing sportswriter for ESPN Boston's High School website. For the past three seasons, Kilian has been head coach of the Concord Academy boys' basketball team.
In his two seasons at the helm, Kilian's team compiled a 25-15 record, including a third-place finish in the Eastern division of the Independent League this past year. In addition to his high school coaching experience, Kilian has also coached at the Div. 3 level for Lasell College.
Kilian is not going into his first season as Trojans' head coach blind as to what type of talent he has.
"I am familiar with Ryan Kennedy and Jake Frackiewicz," Kilian said. "Kennedy is a young man who I got to know a little bit. I run an AAU program and he came over for that. We have had some discussions. I am familiar with Jake following the scene a little bit."
Kilian had the chance to meet with his new team late last week.
"It was great," he said. "We talked a little bit about my expectations of what I like to see in players. I like kids who want to work hard -- kids who are selfless and kids who want to be part of the process. I think that is going to be the first thing for any team that I coach. It is not about you. It's about the bigger picture."
As a sports journalist and a coach, Kilian has a different perspective of the game.
"It is night and day," he said. "The same things journalists pick up on such as watching tendencies and the way teams play. From a media perspective, it is a little different when you are game-planning. When I am going to cover a game and when I am scouting an opponent, that's very similar. I like to dive in the X's and O's of things. I am just a fan of the game."
Kilian's job at Bromfield brings welcomed new challenges.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to run a true town program," the new coach said. "I have my hands in all elements of the town youth program as well as the middle school and JV program. That is a unique perspective from where I'm coming from.
"I am a public school guy. It helps that I am familiar with the type of town Harvard is," he said.
"When you grow up and love to play the game, you look forward to maybe one day joining that middle school or high school program. It's neat to see kids develop and bring their potential to fruition."