|Aaron Toomey is headed back to New England after spending the last two years on the coaching staff at the University of Rochester.
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Three years ago, Aaron Toomey left Amherst College and New England when his alma mater went in another direction in its search for a new head men’s basketball coach.
This summer, Toomey will return to New England and lead the University of Hartford as it continues its transition from Division I to Division III athletics. He spoke with us about his journey from New England and back again in our latest Around the Nation podcast.
“I thought I was ready (to be a head coach) then, and I think I would have been ready then. But I think the last three years have really helped me as a coach in terms of being ready for the full-time gig here at Hartford.”
Our conversation touches on the unique challenges and advantages associated with leading Hartford through the transition; his relationship with Hall of Fame coach Dave Hixon; and what advice he has for anyone else trying to find their coaching home.
1:00 His journey since leaving Amherst
2:45 Finding his way to Hartford
4:15 UHart’s transition from D1 to D3
5:30 Roster building during the transition
9:20 Why D3 for UHart?
12:30 Facility advantage
13:30 Finding a conference home
15:15 Sizing up the CCC
16:30 What he’s learned since leaving Amherst
18:30 Relationship with Coach Hixon
20:30 Any advice for job seekers?