A first for Coach Abbott

Patrick Newell

Mark Abbott began his 24-year coaching tenure with the Norwich varsity boys basketball team in December of 1986. He has coached over 500 games, yet Tuesday night against Maine-Endwell, he did something he had never done before: He did not make a single substitution the entire second half.
Abbott went with his starting five the entire way, and said he felt comfortable with the players he had on the floor. “It was one of those situations where I didn’t want to break up what we had going,” Abbott said. “Our subs, Seth (Thomsen), Jon (Foulds), and Dennis (Oralls) came in and did a good job for us in the first half, and they all competed hard. When push comes to shove, we wanted our front line out there.”
Abbott’s tone wasn’t quite apologetic for leaving his key reserves on the bench the final 16 minutes, but the longtime NHS mentor is always mindful of the reserves on his bench, and is quick to point out their contributions, be it as a player or a supporter of their teammates who are seeing time on the floor.