BANGOR – Husson men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso started his twenty-sixth season as the Eagles’ head man earlier this week. He continues to climb closer to the 500-career-win milestone.
No matter the year, Caruso still loves the grind; “twenty-six years later, I still love all that and I think that’s what energizes me to start practice and all those things.”
The reigning NAC champions are ready to defend their title with the same style that has become standard under Caruso,“we’ll continue to play fast and be a defensive minded team, so it won’t change much from a philosophical standpoint, numbers and guys might change a little bit but other than that we’ll probably look the same as past years.”
Consistency is what’s gotten Caruso to almost 500 wins but wins are not why he coaches It’s the relationships he’s built along the way that keep him going. “They keep me young, they work hard, some ups and downs in the year but the students, the relationships of past alumni, coaches, and it’s really just the people that keeps me energized,” said Caruso.
Warren’s son Nate has been along the ride for the past two seasons as an assistant coach. Nate recognizes the passion Warren has for the game of basketball and his players better than anyone, “he’s very compassion based, I think he has this service mentality to what it does…a lot of their success is because he is first and foremost here for his players and the team and they feel that and they feed off that for sure.”
They’re hope their defense can get their head coach even closer to 500 wins starting at Pine Manor on November 9.