“We’ve already let him know how we feel about the suits,” said White. “He’s looking good out there.”
Tanglis explains the suits come from his earlier coaching days as an assistant at Medford.
“We wanted to make sure we are going to look the part,” said Tanglis. “We try to look and be as professional as possible. If we preach it to the players, we hope they feel the same way.
“Let me tell you, I’m getting heat for it.”
Right now, Tanglis is taking no heat at all in Turkey Town. In fact, if he beats Methuen tonight and Andover next Friday night, there might be a call to make him Town Manager.
“It’s pretty cool,” said White. “After every game, our fans break out the ‘We love Tanglis’ chants.”
Looks like this marriage between coach and basketball town could be a healthy one for a long, long time.
“This is it. I’ve had my eye on this job for a long time,” said Tanglis. “Everything I’ve done has been to position myself for this job,” said Tanglis.
“I tell my kids about the amount of people who send me texts or emails, guys they’ll never meet,” said Tanglis. “This is an amazing basketball community. They’re part of a team and part of a family. There are so many people they don’t even know who are pulling for them. Basketball fever here is huge.”
And there is no other place in the world Tanglis wants to be.
TANGLIS FACTS Age: 32 Single, engaged to be married this year. Playing experience: Three years on varsity, graduated in 2000 from North Andover High School. Went on to play at Framingham State. Coaching experience: Spent a year as an assistant at Plymouth State, a year at North Andover High and three years at Medford High. Spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Stoneham High, where he put together seasons of 11-9 and 10-10. Currently Teaching: Seventh grade math in Everett. ARMANI VS. GIORGIO TONIGHT It will be the battle of the finely tailored Italian suits on the sideline tonight as North Andover High, led by first-year coach Paul Tanglis, heads to Methuen High, led by first-year coach Anthony Faradie. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Did you know? Tanglis not only was an assistant coach at Medford High for three seasons when Faradie was the head coach, but the two were roommates and teammates at Framingham State.