It’s not easy finding high school coaches these days
Here’s a few Saturday tids and bits to get you going as high school sports are underway with practices/scrimmages and we already have NFL football every weekend now until February:
What’s it take to land a good, experienced high school coach these days? A lot, evidently. For instance, both Alvirne and Campbell High Schools were fighting the calendar to get capable boys and girls soccer coaches to run their varsity programs. Campbell AD Jarod Mills had to run practice half of this past week before his hiring of Bill Miller as the new Cougar boys head coach could be worked out. Alvirne school officials hired DWC’s Marcos Vieira Filho just a month ago as their new boys coach. And new Broncos girls soccer coach Adrianna Kippenberger was hired fresh out of just graduating three months ago from Plymouth State. She was first hired as a teacher and then Alvirne officials asked if she’d be interested in the soccer position.
Coaches are getting younger and younger. South’s Joe Morgan scored a big postseason game winner for Daniel Webster College just a few years ago. It seems the coaches hired now are either retired from their careers and have the time, or they are just starting out.
Money can be the issue. Nashua, for example, is one of the lowest paying districts around for coaches. And one area soccer coach relayed that a JV position in a fairly nearby Massachusetts district pays more than a varsity job here. Nashua AD Lisa Gingras always has a list a mile long of middle school openings needed to be filled. Keep an eye on all this.
— Wasn’t it almost fitting in a way that the Futures Collegiate Baseball League had to declare Worcester and Martha’s Vineyard co-champions after Game 3 was rained out after an inning on the Vineyard Monday? Certainly not something under the current schedule that could be controlled, as rain just ravaged the weekend schedule and early this past week. But it was a down year in the league in terms of quality of play and umpiring, and we’re surpised this hasn’t happened before. It’ll be an interesting off-season for sure, and more on this later.
— Speaking of the FCBL, congrats to Worcester Bravehearts manager J.P. Pyne, the former Daniel Webster head coach and Nashua Silver Knights manager. Pyne, who had been the head coach at Clark University in Worcester the last few years, was in demand all summer, hearing from various schools. He wasn’t looking to leave, but he is now the new head coach at Amherst (Mass.) College after getting an offer he couldn’t refuse. As usual, Pyne was his classy self in announcing his change in venue.
“I would like to thank Clark University for providing me the opportunity to lead their baseball program for the past three years,” he said in a tweet. “I will never forget my time with Clark baseball and the amazing young men that make it such a special program.”
File this in the good things happen to good people department.
“Master recruiter,” one college baseball onlooker said. “With the type of kids that naturally gravitate to Amherst, he could legitimately make a run at a national championship in a few years.”
—More job congrats, this time to Nashua’s Shawn McCullion, the former Emerson basketball grad who was a scout for several years with the NBA’s Orlando Magic. With a management change in Orlando a year ago, McCullion has now moved on to a scouting position with the Brooklyn Nets, starting that job late this past week. Former Magic GM Rob Hennigan was an Emerson alum, but he was axed a year ago and replaced by John Hammond. Hennigan, at last look, was the assistant GM in Oklahoma City. McCullion will likey be assigned a region, etc. Back to doing what he loves best.
—Now it’s official, that Worcester will be the home to the Red Sox Triple A affiliate, luring what will now become the WooSox in 2021 away from Pawtucket.
Where does this leave the Futures League? Worcester is its flagship franchise, set an average attendance record of over 2,500 fans a game. The league identified and cultivated a strong market – likely catching the eye of Larry Lucchino & Co. It will be an interesting couple of years to see what the Bravehearts/FCBL’s options are.
Tom King can be reached at 594-1251,firstname.lastname@example.org, or@Telegraph _TomK.