Steve Tobitsch reflects on path to 150 wins
The Trumbulll High girls basketball team took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter of its FCIAC road game with Westhill High in Stamford on Jan. 29.
When the Eagles put together a 22-8 run in the final frame, they left with a 48-31 victory — the 150th win at THS for head coach Steve Tobitsch.
“To be honest the win total is a nice milestone to hit, but it’s really more of a reflection of all the great teams and players on those teams that I have had the opportunity to coach,” said Tobitsch, who in his 10 seasons has led the Eagles to three FCIAC title games (winning one); coaching in the state semifinals (losing to Lauralton), and leading Trumbull to three 20-plus win seasons.
“I always tell the girls that all individual accomplishments come because of a great team and that they need to always thank each and every teammate when individual awards are received (without a great team there are no individual accomplishments to be earned). So I need to do the same and be sure to thank each and every girl that I have coached throughout the past 10 years.
“I haven't made too big a deal about it (the girls on my current varsity roster and within the program didn't even know about it.). The wins represent more of the bigger picture that we want the Trumbull girls basketball program to represent. It's a reflection of all the time and effort put in by all these girls in the ten years that I have had the privilege to be the head girls basketball coach at Trumbull High.
“We honor all the teams and graduating seniors by posting each and every name in our team locker room so that all players past and present know that they are apart of something bigger than themselves and all the girls take pride in being part of a program.
“I still remember the girls on the first team that I coached and I look back and think about how hard those kids worked to try to be the best team that they could become. We started 1-6 that year as the players learned more about me and I learned about them we began to grow together. We finished 10-10 and made states and just missed qualifying for FCIACs.
“But with all that being said, the same mentality for success has stayed within the program for the entire time I have been here — Be the best player and person you can be on and off the court; represent yourself and your school with pride and always set goals to strive for continuous improvement.
“Right now, I am just focused on getting our current group of girls ready to play each and every night to best of their capabilities so we can be ready to compete in late February and March.”