Duxbury, Vt: Chris Langevin, Harwood Athletic Director, announced today there will be a new leader for the Highlanders Boys Basketball program this year. “I am pleased to announce that we have offered the position of Varsity Boys Basketball Coach to Jay Bellows, and he has accepted. I am truly thrilled that he will be taking over the reins of this program. He has an incredible background with the game of basketball, and I am excited for our student-athletes to learn from Coach Bellows. I can’t wait to see where he can take the program,” Langevin said. “Jay has been working for years in our youth development programs, with Middle School, AAU and Mini-Metro, and will now be closing the loop by taking over the varsity program as well.”
Jay Bellows is the President and CEO of Northern Reliability in Waterbury, Vermont. Bellows has an extensive basketball background having played in strong programs during high school, college and beyond. He has been coaching in the Harwood Youth System for the past 10 years at many different levels. This past winter was particularly busy as he coached the 7th Grade Boys team, 3rd and 4th grade Boys team, 7th and 8th grade AAU team, 3rd and 4th grade AAU team and the 7th and 8th grade Mini-Metro team. He also ran the entire boys AAU program for the town of Waterbury and helped when he could with each of the other teams that were a part of the program. He will now be taking over the Varsity team while continuing to oversee all the boy’s programs in the community.
“I’m thoroughly excited to be able to continue to work with our community’s boys” Bellows said, “it’s really important to me to keep fostering their love of the game. The program has made some very impressive gains during the last 10 years and I’m greatly looking forward to continuing those through the High School level. I have seen the boy’s commitment to the game grow, and with it, their skill and ability as well. Being able to be a part of that all the way through their graduation is something we both consider to be a privilege. It’s been incredibly enjoyable to watch what Tom Young has been able to do with the Harwood Girl’s program, and my goal is to mimic that type of growth as best we can. I’m really excited to lead this program, and help develop something that our community, as well as current, past and future players will be proud to be a part of.”
Bellows’ first game as the Harwood’s Boys Varsity Basketball coach will be on December 14th, when the Highlanders travel to Hartford to open their season.