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June 13, 2024

Dear Berlin HS Families:

We hope the start to summer has gone well!

This message pertains to student-athletes and a new policy that will be approved and announced by the CIAC in the near future in regard to allowing coaches to conduct two practice sessions totaling no more than two hours each week.

This correspondence is to inform you of this change so you know these are legitimate as coaches will start to reach out to inform you of their summer sessions. Please read additional information below. 

Coaches will distribute a Summer Practice Sessions Form that must be filled out and handed in before participating in these summer workouts. We are working now on scheduling these sessions with our Berlin HS coaching staff and Park-Rec Department. That information will come from your coaches once we have finalized everything. THE FORM IS ALSO LINKED AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

As this is the first year this has been approved by the CIAC, we appreciate your patience as we work through this for the first time.


The CIAC allows member high school teams to conduct non-mandatory summer season practice sessions. Practice sessions can consist of two practices a week and are not to exceed two hours per practice. In addition, the programs must be supervised by members of our BHS certified coaching staff. 

Participation in this program is completely optional and attendance will not directly impact a student-athlete making the high school team. The summer practice sessions are an interscholastic athletic program; therefore, you should make certain your child is medically able to participate in the summer practice sessions. 

While off season conditioning and summer practice sessions are encouraged, it does not guarantee a spot on a roster.


David Francalangia
Athletic Director


For Immediate Release: June 10, 2024

Berlin Hires John McNair As Head Boys Basketball Coach

Berlin, CT - Former Berlin High School player and Trinity College men’s assistant basketball coach John McNair has been named the next Berlin boys basketball coach.

“We are pleased to bring home Coach McNair, a former Redcoat with coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level, to lead our boys basketball program,” said Berlin Athletic Director Dave Francalangia. “John will bring his passion and expertise of the game along with his history and knowledge of Berlin basketball to the position which will benefit both the student-athletes and program as a whole.”

A 2009 Berlin graduate, McNair met with the team for the first time earlier today. McNair spent the 2023-2024 season as an assistant coach at Trinity College helping lead the Bantams to a 30-2 record, NESCAC regular season and tournament titles and the first Final 4 berth in school history where they fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Trine University.

I am humbled and honored to be named the next Berlin High School Boys Basketball Coach,” said McNair. “This program spurred my love for the game and coaching. I’m grateful to be in the same position once held by two of my mentors, Coach Bosso and Coach Veneziano. My family and I look forward to getting started with our current and future players. We look forward to making the town of Berlin proud with the way we represent ourselves and how we play.”

McNair also served various roles collegiately at Sacred Heart University (Coordinator of Men's Basketball Operations), University of New Haven (Graduate Assistant), and Western Connecticut State University (Assistant Coach). 

He also served as the JV girls basketball coach at Berlin HS before being named the head girl’s basketball coach at RHAM from 2020-2023, helping turn around a three-win program into a 14-win season receiving a bye in the CIAC State Tournament.

McNair will officially begin his Berlin coaching tenure when the CIAC allows practice to start on Thursday, December 5, 2024.


If you missed the Student-Parent Information Session on August 23, 2023, please click the PowerPoint PDF below to review the important pieces of information that AD Dave Francalangia went over that night.

Please direct any athletic inquiries to Coach Franco at [email protected].


Informational NCAA Eligibility Video

The link below will take you to a one-hour webinar conducted by the NCAA Eligibility Center's staff. In this webinar, NCAA Staff discussed requirements student-athletes must know to be eligible to play Division I or II sports. A question-and-answer session was held at the end of the event, with Eligibility Center staff on hand to answer submitted questions. The recorded event is a great resource to share with your student-athletes and their families!

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