New Basketball Coaches Announced
October 29, 2013
Sacred Heart Academy has named Ed Panzo as head coach, Jessica Hanchette ’00 as junior varsity coach, and Adriana Biondi ’07 as freshman coach of basketball. Illara Schiano ’07 will return as volunteer coach.
Ed Panzo comes to Sacred Heart Academy with a wealth of basketball experience on both the college and high school level. Having coached at Lauralton Hall, North Haven and Hamden High Schools, Coach Panzo most recently completed a successful eleven year tenure at Albertus Magnus College where he served as head coach.
Jessica Hanchette, a 2000 graduate of Sacred Heart, has experience as both player and coach. She was a three time varsity captain at the Academy from 1997 to 2000 and was selected All Division during those three years. She continued her career at St. Michael’s College and also played for several AAU teams. She has coached for the Sal Tinary Basketball League having captured two championships during her tenure there.
Adriana Biondi, a 2007 graduate of the Academy, has worked in several basketball programs and camps helping to develop young players over the years. She was captain of the Pacers during her senior year and is presently working toward her teaching certification. Adriana will be developing our freshman program.
Sacred Heart Academy fields 22 teams competing in 13 varsity and junior varsity sports including cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, softball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, track & field, and cheerleading. The teams face rigorous competition from other high schools in the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC). Emphasis is on developing skills while learning the importance of team play, participation, leadership and excellence in competition.