FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High junior varsity basketball coach Jason Gosselin received a promotion this month, when Framingham Athletic Director Paul Spear announced on May 16 he would take over the varsity program in 2017-18.
Gosselin, who has overseen the junior varsity program for three years, will lead the boys basketball program, with the departure of Coach Ben Torbert.
Torbert, who also was promoted from junior varsity coach to varsity in 2014, is leaving the school as coach and teacher, along with his wife Principal Elyse Torbert at the end of the is year. The family is moving to Arizona.
During Torbert’s three years leading the program, the Flyers made the MIAA Division I playoffs last year and this past season.
Gosselin, served as a bench coach during those seasons.
Last year, when the Flyers qualified for the post-season, it was the first time since 2008.
And this year, it was not an easy road back to the playoffs. The Flyers were 5-8, and needed to win five out of their final seven games to qualify.
And it will not be an easy task for Gosselin, a Framingham resident, to take the Flyers there for a third consecutive season.
Ten out of the 12 members of this year’s varsity team were seniors.
Yesterday, Gosselin held a pick-up basketball game with alumni, those seniors, and potential varsity players in the high school’s gym.
The former Douglas High and Worcester State basketball player, played half court, five-on-five with the players, and showed off his own jump shot. He also showed his strong defense, too.
Before the pick-up games, he told the 30-plus players assembled, he was excited for the opportunity and for the next season.
Gosselin said he will stress being a part of a team with his players, and won’t measure the season based completely on the wins and loses.