Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Boys Basketball: Coach of the Year: Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Boys Basketball: Coach of the Year: Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco

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Kevin Diverio's decision to alter a long-time philosophy - just a little bit - enabled Don Bosco to reach a state boys basketball final for the first time since 1970.

The Ironmen advanced to the Non-Public A state championship after Diverio, The Record Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, employed a specialty zone defense to defeat favored Seton Hall Prep in the North Non-Public A final.

A staunch believer in man-to-man defense, Diverio had Don Bosco (27-4) utilize a box-and-one on All-State senior guard TJ Gibbs, and it led to a 20-point victory. Still primarily a man-to-man team, the Ironmen mixed in a variety of zones this season.

"I stepped outside my comfort zone and played a lot more zone than we ever have in the past," said Diverio, 48, who has coached his alma mater for 21 seasons and won 426 games. …

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