Field hockey notebook: Andover among at least 28 programs with new head coach

Bridget Morris was sitting at her work desk in May when she obtained a name from Andover discipline hockey head coach Maureen Noone. As one in all her assistants, it was a frequent prevalence.

But this time, as quickly as Noone began talking, Morris thought Noone was politely giving her the boot from this system.

“She basically called and (said), ‘I’m calling because I want to talk to you about being a head coach,’ ” Morris stated. “She kept talking, and my head just kind of went radio static. I was like, ‘Oh my God, where does she want me to go coach?’ And then I started listening to what she was saying, and I (asked), ‘Do you mean at Andover?’ ”

Indeed, she was suggesting a promotion.

After 25 years of constructing the Golden Warriors from the underside of the Merrimack Valley Conference to change into five-time Div. 1 state champions, Noone made the choice amid a full-time transfer to Maine to retire and move the torch.

Two facets of the job she talked so positively about lately was the standard of coachable gamers in this system, and the help of her teaching employees. Between 13-year assistant Billy Beauchesne, volunteer assistant Dan Casper, and Morris, Noone felt every varsity coach supplied an immeasurably significant contribution.

“It’s hugely important,” Noone stated. “You’ve got to trust the people who you’re with, you want that support. … I think that cohesiveness is going to make you much stronger than another team. Because I think on so many teams, there’s posturing for who’s more important – and there’s nobody more important. They’re all equals.”

Noone didn’t need that teaching dynamic to go away together with her, so the concept of a promotion from inside made her choice simpler.

Morris graduated from Andover as a two-time state champion in 2010 and 2011, and shortly assumed a bigger teaching position since becoming a member of the employees as a volunteer.

Morris was a bit of unsure about taking on, however as soon as Beauchesne hyped it as much as her, she was all in. He and Casper would nonetheless be alongside her, and Noone stated she’d assist in no matter approach wanted – which has served as a superb security internet.

“I felt like somebody was handing me their baby and being like, ‘Don’t drop it,’ ” Morris stated. “Honestly, (Beauchesne) right off the bat … really bolstered (my confidence). … (The whole transition) has been great, really.”

Noone can listing a dozen explanation why this system believes in Morris. One of probably the most notable examples is the assumption in her longevity – one thing to deal with throughout the state perhaps extra so now than ever.

Morris is one in all at the very least 28 new head discipline hockey coaches this season, which is extra modifications in a single 12 months than many longtime coaches can bear in mind. It’s nearly as many because the 29-plus head teaching modifications within the earlier two years mixed, and means over 25 % of the MIAA’s discipline hockey groups have modified head coaches within the final three years.

A number of long-standing coaches say there isn’t a lot to be involved about.

Noone, Marblehead’s Linda Rice-Collins, Longmeadow’s Ann Simons and Nauset’s Cheryl Poore stepped down after teaching for over 40 years. Switches at Natick, Framingham, Shrewsbury, Masconomet, Notre Dame Academy of Hingham, and Notre Dame Academy of Worcester have been on account of teaching retirements, and some transitions – just like the momentary change in Westwood – stem from maternity go away.

“I have never seen so many,” stated Rockport coach and MIAA discipline hockey chairman Mary Ryan. “In (the Cape Ann League) alone, we had three. That’s unheard of. Don’t see it as a problem, I think it’s due to retirements, coaches having babies, family – life I guess.”

Longmeadow, Shrewsbury, Natick, Masconomet, Essex Tech, Danvers and Dover-Sherborn promoted from inside, and people new coaches are already making a constructive influence. The similar influence is being felt at Newburyport, Manchester-Essex, Monomoy, Hopkinton, Braintree, Brookline, Newton North, Weston and King Philip, amongst others.

A bevy of challenges make being a head coach as we speak extraordinarily taxing – typically sufficient to discourage coaches from staying. Seeing so many modifications directly is a bit alarming.

Longtime Lincoln-Sudbury trainer and head coach Vicky Caburian urges new coaches to decide to it long run, and for communities to verify this new wave will get the help they want.

“My takeaway is that coaching’s hard,” she stated. “There’s got to be a new breed of coaches coming in, young coaches. We need to help them and support them. I think that’s the tough piece; how are we supporting those coaches? COVID definitely made us all realize what are our priorities and how much are we willing to give. … God bless anybody who is going to coach. I appreciate it.”