Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Following a 17-year head coaching career with the Windham High School boys’ basketball program, Bill Strand returned to the program for his second stint in 2013/14 as an assistant basketball coach. Strand replaced Kris Johnson, who was named head boys’ basketball coach at Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA) after a four-year playing and four-year coaching career at Eastern.
“We are fortunate to have someone with so much knowledge and experience,” says head coach Bill Geitner of Strand. “He gives us a different perspective than what we’ve had in the past. I’ve been excited to have him back on the staff.”
A Willimantic native, Strand previously served as an assistant coach for five seasons during the final seasons of under E-Club Hall of Fame coach Dan Switchenko’s tenure between 1989 and 1994. In that time, Strand helped the Warriors to three post-season tournament berths – including their first two in the NCAA – and to their first Little East Conference post-season championship.
A 1975 Windham High graduate, Strand won over 200 games and captured five divisional titles with the Whippets. Strand served two seasons as assistant coach at Windham under Neal Curland before taking over at his alma mater.
Strand is a 1979 graduate of Plymouth State University, where he played basketball and earned a B.S. Degree in Physical Education. Strand has coached Physical Education in the Windham Public Schools system since 1985.
Strand and wife Jen reside in Norwich.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Bill Roveto, a four-year member of the Eastern basketball and baseball programs, returns to thestaff of head coach Bill Geitner for the fifth year.
"Coach Roveto is starting to take over more responsibilities," says Geitner, "and having come up through the program, can speak with the (first-year) forwards about his experiences."
As an aspiring college basketball coach, Roveto started all 60 games in which he appeared -- missing only one -- over the last two seasons of his basketball career in helping the Warriors to 20 wins and the top seed in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament each year, and a combined overall record of 41-20.
The three-year starter and two-time team captain averaged 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his 108-game career under Geitner, with a shooting percentage of 47.9 (he shot well over 50 per cent as both a sophomore and junior). As a senior, he helped the Warriors tie the previous program season record of 21 wins and reach the championship game of the Little East Conference tournament.
At Eastern, the South Windsor native was also a three-year varsity baseball letterwinner as a left-handed relief pitcher. In his career, the Warriors qualfied for the NCAA Division III tournament each season and won two Little East Conference regular season and an LEC tournament title
Roverto holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science.
Associate Men's Basketball Coach
Ryan Wilde enters his ninth season at Eastern as the associate head coach under head coach Bill Geitner.
"Ryan has been here for nine years now, so he understands the conference and New England basketball," says Geitner. "He gives us a wealth of knowledge and experience."
Prior to his arrival at Eastern, Wilde was an assistant coach at Wesleyan University and at Norwich University for two seasons prior to that.
As an undergraduate, Wilde was a four-year letterwinner at the guard position at Springfield College.
In his first season at Norwich, he helped lead the Cadets to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament championship, and to their first-ever NCAA tournament victory, 82-70, over Elms College. At Norwich, the team qualified for the conference tournament both seasons, and posted a 34-20 record with two conference tournament appearances.At Springfield, Wilde was a two-time team captain who averaged 4.7 points in 69 career games, and shot 40.8 percent from three-point range and 85.3 percent from the foul line. He ranked fourth all-time at Springfield in three-point field goal percentage, ninth in three-pointers made (78) and 11th in three-point attempts (191). As a junior, he shot 45.6 percent from three-point range (52-for-114) and 95.7 percent from the foul line (22-for-23). In his career, the team qualified forthe New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) twice. In his senior season, the Pride qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament and won a first-round home contest against Norwich.
A native of Willington, Wilde played four seasons of basketball under Eastern Hall of Famer Ron Pires at E.O. Smith High School, earning first-team All-CCC East Division honors as a senior.
At Eastern, Wilde also serves as coordinator of intramurals and recreation.