Coloney named new coach of Wilton girls hoop team

The search committee tasked with finding the next head coach of the Wilton High girls basketball team did not have to look far.

Rob Coloney, an assistant coach the last two seasons, has been named the new head coach, according to Wilton High Athletic Director Chris McDougal.

Coloney will replace Jaclyn Woitkowski Porco, who resigned in September to focus on another career opportunity.

"We had several great applicants and he won," said McDougal about Coloney."He's well liked in the community and by the girls on the team, and he's very knowledgeable about basketball."

In Porco's seventh and final season as head coach last winter, the Warriors won the first state championship in program history by routing South Windsor in the Class LL finals at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Four starters, however, have graduated from that 25-2 team, leaving Coloney to preside over a markedly different roster in 2015-16.

But the new head coach will be familiar with the players, after coaching the Wilton junior varsity the past two seasons and serving as a varsity assistant to Porco. Under Coloney, the JV squad lost just three of its 20 games last season.

Coloney also coached many of the current Wilton players during his time as a travel coach in the Wilton Basketball Association.

"He's overly organized, which is never a bad thing for a coach," said McDougal about Coloney. "He's also not just about winning; sportsmanship is huge for him."

McDougal said that Coloney was planning to meet with the Wilton players earlier today.

Notes: Woitkowski Porco compiled a 106-56  record in her seven seasons. The Warriors reached the FCIAC semifinals the last four years, losing in the finals to Danbury in 2013.