Kyle Dudley Takes Reins of Basketball Program
With three starters back from a team that went 11-12 last season, Knight basketball fans are excited and optimistic about the upcoming season. Not only are high-scoring Brandon Roughley ’20, rebounding dynamo Justin Oliveras ’20, and Everyman Sean Ingoglia ’19 back in the line-up, but sixth-man Parker Stone ’20 – son of long-time faculty member and former varsity coach Ken Stone – will also move into the starting formation. Joining them will be newcomer Damani Thomas ’19, who will add a long-range shooting threat to his skills at point-guard.
The team welcomes another newcomer: first-year head coach Kyle Dudley, who joined the History Department in September. “This is my first head coaching opportunity,” the upbeat Dudley shares, “and I'm really excited to get started with the season. We have an unselfish team that is passionate about competing every day,” Dudley says of his troops. “Several players return from last season, and we have talented new players providing good depth for this year's team. The league is strong, but I think we have a team that can compete with everyone on our schedule.”
Dudley brings with him to the Flood Center an impressive basketball resume as both a player and a coach. As a senior at Middlebury College, he started on the 2008-09 team that won the first conference title in school history. Returning to his alma mater as a coach, Dudley eventually moved up to the position of top assistant. His duties included coordinating Middlebury’s recruiting efforts, overseeing film, working in player development, and scouting. During Dudley’s years on the staff, Middlebury won NESCAC conference titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The latter team reached the Elite Eight of the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2017. Last March, the Middlebury team returned to the D-III NCAA Tournament, making it into the Sweet 16.
In addition to the starting five, Dudley will count on contributions from a number of other players, including returners Seth Gelwarg ’20, Winston Jules ’19, and Will Philo ’19 and newcomers Tyler Carpenter ’19, Ford Cousin ’21, Will Farrell ’19, Dean Fratt ’20, Jack Ruhanen ’21, Tacoma Simmons ’19, and Cole Wojtkowski ’21.
Over the years, Salisbury School has produced some of the finest basketball teams in New England, often qualifying for year-end tournament play, including five trips to the championship game in recent years. With a move to Class A basketball in the 2010-2011 season the Knights soon captured the New England Class A final with a 72-60 win over Choate Rosemary Hall for the first basketball championship in the School's history in 2012.
Salisbury plays a challenging schedule that includes traditional prep school opponents and games against the Williams College JV and the United States Military Academy Prep School. The team participates in prestigious tournaments such as the Doc Hurley Classic (Hartford, CT), the National Prep School Invitational (University of Rhode Island), the Thomas Blackburn Tournament (Worcester, MA), the Hall of Fame Classic (Springfield, MA), and the Sun Youth Holiday Classic (Montreal, CAN).
Where Are They Now?
Our Players have gone on to play basketball at Army, Quinnipiac, Bucknell, Endicott, LaSalle, Hobart, Susquehanna, St. Lawrence, Connecticut College and more. Additionally, former Knights have played professionally overseas.