SULLIVAN — Kyle Joy can recite the Sumner Memorial High School varsity boys’ basketball team’s record for each of the three seasons he played on the squad.
“We were 10-8 my sophomore and junior year and 9-9 my senior year,” said Joy, a 2004 graduate of the school. “We were always in the middle of the pack. We just could never get over that hump.”
Joy, 29, now has an opportunity to take the team to the front of the Class C pack as Sumner’s new varsity boys’ basketball head coach.
“I love being back,” Joy said. “I’m really excited.”
Joy, a lobster fisherman in the summer, accepted the position after Walter Crabtree resigned last season.
Joy coached baseball for six years and basketball for one at the Peninsula School in Winter Harbor before jumping up to the high school level.
“I’ve coached a lot of these kids in grammar school,” Joy said of his players. “I’ve always come back to watch the high school games.”
Joy said his basketball games in high school often attracted a packed gymnasium of fans — an atmosphere he would like to recreate.
“I’m trying to bring that school spirit and pride back,” Joy said. “I’m hoping, this year, we’ll fill this place up.”
And nothing fills the stands like a successful team. Joy said his goal this season is to make it to the postseason tournament.
“We have a pretty balanced team,” Joy said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, but we have a lot of potential.”