The new head coach of the Ridgefield girls basketball team is someone well versed in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

Rob Coloney, who served as Wilton's head coach until leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season to take a job in career services at the University of Notre Dame, has been hired to fill the Ridgefield opening that arose when Tom DiMarzo unexpectedly resigned right in February, right before the postseason began. DiMarzo cited personal reasons for his resignation.

"Rob Coloney comes highly recommended," Ridgefield Athletic Director Dane Street said. "He had a great track record at Wilton, was impressive during the interview process, and has excellent references. We're thrilled to have him in Ridgefield."

Street said that Coloney will continue working for Notre Dame.

"He is going to be based on the East Coast, helping grad students with networking and job searches," Street said.

At Wilton, Coloney was on the varsity staff as an assistant coach when the Warriors won the school's first-ever Class LL state championship in 2014. Coloney then took over as Wilton's head coach the following season and coached for three years, guiding the Warriors to state tourney berths each season.

Street said that Coloney was one of 12 qualified candidates who applied for the job. Coloney and five others eventually went through the interview process. Anthony Hill, an assistant who became interim head coach when DiMarzo resigned, was also among the candidates.

Street said Coloney will soon meet with the returning Ridgefield players.

"He's excited to get going and we are thrilled to have him," Street said.

This story will be updated.