Griffee to be new Havelock High hoops coach


Daniel Griffee has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Havelock High School. Griffee had been the junior varsity coach. He replaces Bill Fryczynski, who retired at the end of the school year.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM.

Havelock High may be known as a football school, but after the boys basketball team reached the final eight in the state last season, Daniel Griffee is hoping to keep building the school’s basketball program as well.

Griffee was officially hired as the new boys varsity basketball coach last week, replacing the retiring Bill Fryczynski.

“I think it gives the guys extra drive,” Griffee said of last season’s success. “We’re on top in not just one sport but two sports. We have to put forth the work and the effort to keep it that way.”

Fryczynski helped guide the Rams to a 19-7 record last season. Havelock lost 68-60 to Wilson Hunt in the regional semifinals, marking the end to the most successful boys basketball season since 1992.

Griffee has been the boys junior varsity coach for nine years, working with Fryczynski in helping develop the program.

“I learned a lot from him,” Griffee said. “I was with him for nine years, so just about everything I learned about the game as far as the coaching strategies I learned from watching him and talking to him.

“Coach Fryczynski has probably forgotten more basketball than what I know. He probably had a lot more basketball knowledge than a lot of people do. Anytime I ever had a problem or an issue, I could bring it to him. He would never tell me what to do, but he would give me ideas to maybe it do it like this or maybe do it like that. He let me do my thing. A lot of times I would ask him if I was correct in a certain situation. Did I see it wrong, and I would just learn from that. He has a great basketball mind.”

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