Madden, Lucenti hired at Montrose
BY JOBY FAWCETT
Sean Madden, 24, has been named the new boys basketball coach atMontroseHigh School, while Dominick Lucenti, 24, will take over as the wrestling coach at the school.
The appointments were made by the school board meeting Monday night.
“I’m thrilled with the appointments,” Montrose principal Jim Tallarico
said. “I think they are young, eager guys who will bring a lot of enthusiasm to our programs. They are both fine young men and excellent role models for our student-athletes to look up to.”
Madden is a graduate ofBishopO’HaraHigh School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play football atWilkesUniversity. He is a full-time substitute at Montrose and spent last season as an assistant coach under Todd Smith.
“I learned so much from coach Smith and I am thankful for the opportunity that he gave me,” Madden said. “I owe a great deal to him.”
Madden takes over a program that won the first-half title in the Lackawanna Division III last season before losing the all-season championship toLakelandin a playoff. The Meteors played their way into the District 2 Class AA playoffs where they battled Holy Cross before losing to the eventual PIAA semifinalist.
However, Montrose graduated four starters from that team. That will not temper Madden’s enthusiasm for his first head coaching job.
“We have big shoes to fill, but I am excited,” Madden said. “I can’t wait. I am going to coach us to be a tough, hard-nosed team that will play intense defense. That’s how I was taught and that’s how I will teach my team.”
For Lucenti, it will be a homecoming.
A wrestler at Montrose from seventh grade through graduation, he returned to be a long-term substitute in the district. He has experience coaching the youth wrestling programs in Montrose and was a coach of the junior high program. He will be taking over for Joe Moore. Montrose went 0-6 last season in the Lackawanna Division II.
“I’m young and I am going to bring a lot of energy to the job,” Lucenti, a graduate of Misericordia, said. “I really like to be right in there working with the kids on everything. I am really looking forward to getting into the room and working with the team.
“And to be able to come back and coach at my school, is really an honor.”
Lucenti will also have to carry on a coaching legacy, of sorts. His father, Tom, was the longtime football coach at Montrose.
“There is some pressure there, but not from him,” the younger Lucenti said. “I will probably feel it more from the outside But I am going to work really hard with the team and the kids.”