End of the school year means some departures; other notes
The heartbreaking Stanley Cup and at times breathtaking NBA Finals are over, and who would’ve guessed that basketball would be the spot where a Canadian team would be champion?
But the end of those title series is basically the unofficial beginning of summer, which begins for real by the end of next week, so we have a few tids and bits to go over:
First, the end of the school year sometimes means more than a temporary good-bye, and sadly for Nashua High School North athletics that’s true in the case of Titans athletics coordinator Scott Mays.
Mays is headed to another step in his education career in Washington D.C.to a non-profit charter school CHIP D.C. as director of the stem education program.
He won’t be involved in athletics at all.
“They’re looking to revolutionize education,” Mays said, who said one of his duties will be teaching math.
Mays has been a super figure at North, popular with students, with an easygoing nature that was able to tackle anything with seemingly relative ease. He had help starting out as the first North coordinator, Will Henderson, was still in the building as an assistant principal.
“He jumped in in October of 2013 and hit the ground running,” Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras said of Mays, “and he was able to do everything I needed him to do.”
“Working at North has been tremendous,” Mays said. “The culture that exists here in Nashua is second to none. It’s wonderful, it’s a family here. Lisa has done a great job of not only establishing that culture, but establishing that community. I was glad to be a part of it, for sure.”
Mays has been at North for 10 years and the athletics coordinator for the last six. For those who don’t know, the idea of an athletics coordinator at both North and South was established several years ago to help Gingras deal with the day-to-day logistics, game director responsibilities, etc. It was badly needed. Nate Mazerolle is the South athletics coordinator.
“It was nerve-wracking the first two years,” Mays said. “I came in the same time as Lisa Gingras. So we were kind of figuring out the role a little bit together. She’s a great boss, a great leader. And it’s been tremendous.”
Mays said he’s enjoyed his time out of the classroom – coordinators take a part-time teaching role, coupled with athletic duties, for the full time position.
The next Titan athletic coordinator will be none other than head football coach Dante Laurendi, who won the position after going through the interview process about halfway through the school year.
“Obviously during football season it will be a lot of figuring it out as we go along,” Gingras said. “But we’ll make it work.”
Meanwhile, farewell Scott Mays. You did a tremendous job and for anyone who came in contact with you, it was a pleasure.
—- It has yet to be officially posted, but the Nashua High School South boys soccer job is open as Joe Morgan won’t be returning. Gingras would not go into details except to say “He’s not coming back.”
Morgan, a Daniel Webster College soccer alum, grew on the job as a coach and the Panthers were a tourney team the last couple of seasons. It’s too bad that his tenure now ends on that heartbreaking first-round penalty kicks loss to Salem back in late October when the Panthers had a lead in the final seconds were stunned by a Blue Devil tying goal.
Gingras said the target is to have someone hired by “the end of June, early July so the person can get things organized, meet with the kids, etc.”
Ideal candidate? In system or outside?
“We’re looking for the best possible candidate,” Gingras said.
—-Speaking of soccer, don’t forget that the Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua are set play their first home match next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Rivier University. The Eagles have been off to a rough start, going 1-3 in the United Premiere Soccer League’s (UPSL) Northeast Conference Patriots Division. but their opponent for next weekend, Boston Siege, has started out 0-6.
This is more or less a bridge year for the franchise thanks in part to the renovations at Rivier, as they’ve had to be on the road for a month. Still, it’ll be nice to see that level of soccer back in Nashua again for a month-plus.
—- Can the Nashua Silver Knights catch a weather break? This past Thursday was supposed to be their first Dollar Beverage Night, one of their more popular promotions, but was washed out. The two really good weather days/nights drew crowds of 1,300 or so, but they obviously can’t wait for the warm weather.
“We had a wonderful turnout for the Education Day and (last) Friday night there was a wonderful crowd, and we’re encouraged by that,” Silver Knights owner John Creedon, Jr. “We’ve gotten good feedback from the fans. We’re going to keep working hard.”
The team announced Friday that its June 2 rainout vs. Worcester will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. on July 3, first game nine innings and the second one seven. Also, the rainout this past Thursday vs. Pittsfield will be made up as part of a twinbill on Sunday, July 14 (seven innings each) beginning at 3 p.m.
—- Ah, it certainly seemed as though there would be a Nick Caserio move to the Houston Texans if the teams could agree on compensation; that the tampering charges filed by the New England Patriots was just a way to begin negotiations. Nope.
“We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots,” Texans CEO Cal McNair said.
And then he added that the team would no longer pursue the current Patriots Director of Player Personnel, who apparently has a huge “Hands Off” sign on his front and back.
Oh, and the Patriots trade with Detroit for tight end Michael Robers was voided. Why? He flunked his physical.
Never a dull moment in Foxborough.
Tom King may be reached at 594-1251, or@Telegraph_TomK, or email@example.com