Boys Varsity Basketball
The Frederick Gunn School Boys Varsity Basketball Program stresses hard work, fundamentals, teamwork, and discipline at our core and we look to develop these skills within the structure of the team.
Considered one of the premier leagues in the United States, we play in the very competitive New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), which had seven players taken in the 2014 NBA draft. Each year we play a competitive 24 game schedule and each year have non-conference games against Trinity-Pawling, Cheshire Academy, Salisbury School, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Williston Northampton School.
Boys Basketball at Gunn has a long and storied history. Gunn. has a solid tradition in basketball from the legendary teams of the 1940’s and 1950’s with Coach Beebe, who won seven Tri-State League titles during this time. Gunn also had solid teams during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Gunn teams have always shown great competitive spirit, outstanding sportsmanship, and the never-ending pursuit for excellence. Many Gunn players have continued playing at the college level, and recent graduates have gone off to play at Colby College, Babson College, Emmanuel College, Vermont Military Institute, Cleveland State, and Ware. FGS basketball teams have also had many players who enjoy playing the game but are not looking to play at the college level, and just want to help the team succeed in any way they can. If you are interested in becoming a part of the program and feel as though you can contribute through your character, hard work, and enthusiastic play, please feel free to contact me.
The varsity program provides an opportunity for students to be competitive and develop their skills to be successful. Stressing a strong, positive environment where our student-athletes can flourish is of the utmost importance. Taking risks and being supportive of your teammates builds strong team chemistry. Becoming closer as a team will help each other on the court and lead to success. We want our students to have a competitive edge and not back down from any opponent. The varsity program looks to develop skills for players that want to pursue basketball at the college level as well.
Assistant CoachSteve grew up outside of Boston, Mass and is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in history concentrating on Modern American History. He also took graduate courses in education technology, social studies and public administration while serving as an adjunct professor, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Division I AA football team at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Steve holds a masters degree from Concordia University. Having also coached defensive lines at Syracuse University and for a professional team, the Calgary Stampeders, Steve came to The Gunnery from Kent Hills School in Maine where he coached their team to three all state prep school championships. Steve teaches history and coaches Boys Varsity Football and Boys JV Hockey. He lives on campus in Graham house with his wife, Kara, daughters, Harper and Neely, and their dog, GG.
Head CoachDr. Konik has over 20 years of experience working with adolescent and young adult students in varying capacities – counseling, mentoring, and coaching. Dr. Konik received his B.A. in Psychology from The University of Florida, his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Vermont, and completed his predoctoral internship at the Outpatient/Inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Konik’s research background focused on the relationship between anxiety and pain in children. Dr. Konik is a well-recognized leader in the field, having presented nationally at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Assistant CoachKathleen Roche is The Frederick Gunn School's Student Support Coordinator. In this role, Kathleen works closely with Brian Konik, Ph.D., Director of Counseling and the Dean of Students Office. Raised in Levittown, New York, Kathleen graduated from Leavittown Memorial High School and holds a bachelor's degree in business management and communication from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where her focus was theatre and public speaking. Prior to joining Gunn, Kathleen served for nine years as a paraprofessional at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, spending time with her family, and reading by the fireplace. She also performs with the Community Theater at Woodbury. Fun Fact: Kathleen ran in the 2017 NYC Marathon. She lives in Woodbury with her husband, Mike, daughters Samantha and Allison, a very sweet dog, Finn, and a crazy kitten named Milo Moon.