It is an exciting time on campus as Mark Gnapp will officially begin his tenure as the new head coach of the girls’ basketball program today when the Knights take on Hillsborough High School at home. Even though he has only had a few weeks to work with his players, the two-time sectional champion coach has liked what he has seen out of his team.
“We’re definitely getting better each day at practice,” said Gnapp. “It can be difficult, at first, having a new coach and bringing in a new system, but the chemistry among the girls is good and the team is really playing hard so far.”
The girls’ basketball team has not won a championship since the 2013-2014 season. That year marked the end of a run in which the Knights won five out of six Somerset County titles among other championships as well. This could potentially be the year that Gill ends that drought as the Knights are an early-season pick to contend for the Non-Public B championship. Gnapp, however, is not focusing on that quite yet.
“Our main goal right now is just to keep improving and getting better every day,” he said. “Could we be a contender? Of course. One of our goals this year is to definitely try and win a sectional championship, but we have to focus on bettering ourselves first.”
For Gill to get back on top, Gnapp will need production from all of his players. He is relying on leadership from seniors Emma Fetrow, Gillian Fritzlo, and Hayley Goldin. He also expects junior Devyn Scott and sophomores Cailiegh Walsh and Ella Fajardo to have strong seasons as well.
“We have a great group of girls who work very hard every single day,” said Gnapp. “As long as we come together as a team and continue to improve, we will be successful.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.