SCOTIA – There was no need for further elaboration when Jim Giammattei confirmed this week that he was stepping down as Scotia-Glenville High School’s varsity boys’ basketball coach after 26 seasons.
“I’m becoming a full-time dad,” Giammattei said. “I’m not going to miss my son’s games.”
Jaden Giammattei will soon be starting his freshman year at Niskayuna High School. The 14-year-old plays both basketball and lacrosse for the Silver Warriors.
“I’ve coached everyone else’s kids for 30 years,” said Jim Giammattei, a 54-year-old math teacher at Scotia-Glenville, his alma mater. “It’s time to be a father. It’s four short years. I’m now a super fan.”
Giammattei was a super coach who changed the culture and fortunes at Scotia-Glenville, and changed the style in which the Tartans played, with a huge focus on defense, passing and the 3-point shot.
His teams won a pair of state Class A public school championships, in 2014 and 2015, and 400 games in all, though victories were few early in his varsity career after a three-year run with the Tartans’ junior varsity. Giammattei’s first varsity team prevailed just once and lost 19 times, and his next three notched six, eight and nine wins.
“We went through all the trials and tribulations, but each year we came back with a clear definition of what was essential to reach the summit,” Giammattei said. “The first step is to have a clear, well-defined goal.”
That was getting youngsters to play the game, and many of them who did later helped Scotia-Glenville in a string of successful seasons. Nine of those campaigns included Foothills Council championships, and five…
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