Carl Armato has gone from assistant coach to interim head coach to now ‘the’ coach at Guilford High School in a little over one year.
Pending school board approval he will get the job of head coach and that approval is expected to be a slam dunk.
Armato has developed a strong reputation in the community in basketball as a player who starred at Boylan and at NIU. His head coaching experience includes two seasons in the mid-80s at Winnebago and 13 seasons at Rock Valley College. He has also been an assistant coach at NIU.
“It’s (coaching) something that I enjoy and whenever you do something for a long time you better enjoy it if you’re going to do it well,” said Armato to WTVO Monday after meeting with his players at Guilford. “I don’t know that I’ve done it well but I do know this when I get inside a basketball gym and I start teaching basketball I do know that I feel very comfortable and it’s something I’m passionate about.
Armato learned a lot while playing under two legendary coaches Dolph Stanley and John McDougal, but there is one truth that stands out that he will demand of his players.
“My philosophy is simple and it is always, always give a great effort and always, always do it with a great attitude,” says Armato.
Guilford will return several talented players from a team that went 18-14 this past season. One of them is All-NIC-10 special mention player Jack Holmstrom.
“I don’t want to speak for the team but I definitely can say that we’re happy to have him because apart from the fact that he’s an amazing coach and an amazing basketball mind and he’s always pushing us to be better basketball players, it’s really nice not to have to learn a new offense or get to know a new system or a coach,” said Holmstrom.
Armato is currently a teacher in District 205 at Nelson Elementary School Armato is 58 years old.