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Mazerolle adding new role to resume at Nashua South

NASHUA – The basketball coach was a very visible figure at football practice the other day at Nashua High School South.

That’s because Nate Mazerolle is also the school’s new athletics coordinator. ...

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NASHUA – The basketball coach was a very visible figure at football practice the other day at Nashua High School South.

That’s because Nate Mazerolle is also the school’s new athletics coordinator.

Mazerolle, who was a frequent game manager at South events and has been the head boys basketball coach since the late 1990s, has replaced Scott Insinga, who left to become the athletic director at Salem High School.

The job handles the day-to-day athletic issues for overall Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras, but don’t think Mazerolle, who teaches English at South and was a standout senior point guard on Nashua’s 1991 state title team, has ever had administrative aspirations.

“Nope” he said, “and still don’t. The biggest thing was still being able to coach. As people told me, ‘You go to a lot of the events anyway.’ And no offense to anyone else, but if it were another position, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But I’m ensconced here at South, the South position opened up, and I want to do all I can to help athletics here.”

As Mazerolle alluded, he will still be allowed to coach basketball at South. As Gingras noted, there is nothing in the job description that prohibits someone from coaching, and Mazerolle was the best candidate.

“Nate was the obvious choice,” Gingras said. “It will mean I’ll have to focus a little more on South during the winter (while Mazerolle coaches), but that’s OK.

“Obviously we were happy for Scott, but we have the next best thing. Anyone who knows Nate knows he bleeds purple. He’s the ultimate professional, well-respected by coaches and students.”

Mazerolle’s teaching load will be lightened so he can do the coordinator’s job (basically two part-time positions combined).

His game director work gives him something to refer to.

“In that regard, I have some limited experience,” he said. “Certainly I enjoy that, and I enjoy watching the kids at South compete. That’s what this allows me to do, and it still allows me to teach. That’s a big part of it.”

When the coordinator positions were first developed, then-athletic director Tom Arria preferred that coordinators not coach. Thus Will Henderson a couple of years ago, when named Nashua North’s first athletics coordinator, had to give up his varsity baseball position. It ended up working out, as Henderson last year became an assistant principal at North.

Mazerolle would not have gone for the job had he not been allowed to coach.

“I would have had no desire (for the job),” he said. “I can see myself coaching for another 15-20 years if they let me. Dream jobs, this has always been it. I’ve enjoyed every year, even when we struggled.

“I told Lisa I have no aspirations for any other job. I enjoy teaching and coaching. I know (a full-time administrative job) I would have to give that up. Five years from now, I might revisit that, but I enjoy what I do for the time being.

“Certainly I have to work into this role.”