Brian Danilov has plenty of experience as a high school boys basketball head coach.
Danilov will look to lean on that knowledge next season as he takes over the program at Cardinal Mooney. On June 8, Cardinal Mooney President Rev. Gerald DeLucia and Principal John Young announced that Danilov would become the bench boss at Mooney this fall. He will be replacing former Cardinals' coach Chris Kohl who produced a sub .500 record last season.
The 50-year-old Danilov has 32 years of coaching experience as both an assistant and head coach. He is a 1979 graduate of Campbell Memorial and had two different head coaching stints at his alma mater as well as one at Ursuline. But don't count that against him Mooney Nation. Danilov was also an assistant at Campbell, Lordstown and George Junior Republic. His last head coaching run with the Red Devils was during the 2010-2011 campaign when Campbell advanced to the district finals for the sixth straight season. His first run at Memorial, from 1991-1996, was his most successful because it included a Division III state championship in 1993. Danilov hopes the success he had in Campbell can carry over to Cardinal Mooney.
"Mooney has a strong basketball reputation and the team and I recognize the work that will be demanded for us to compete at the level expected of us," said Danilov in a recent press release.
That hard work has already started on the Cardinal Mooney campus. The cagers are already conducting conditioning sessions and recently had 30 boys covering ninth to twelfth grades attending. Although Coach Danilov will have to cover a couple major voids left by the graduated P.J. Quinn and Ryan Farragher, he does have solid scorer Doug Caputo committed to come back, which should fill one of those holes.
Also helping make the transition to Mooney easier will be the fact that coach Danilov will be familiar with his surroundings and some of his colleagues. Danilov started his teaching career as a student teacher at Mooney a quarter century ago and he is close with both Rev. DeLucia, who he used to work with at the St. Lucy's food bank and assistant coach Derryck Van Cobb, who played under Danilov at Campbell. In fact, Principal Young alluded to Danilov's close ties as one of the reasons he was the right man for the Mooney job. Danilov is certainly thankful to have such strong people at his disposal.
"I've been lucky wherever I've been to have had great kids and great coaches around me," he announced.
Coach Danilov's career has been pretty great so far and will continue to get better if he can restore the great tradition of Cardinal Mooney basketball.