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August 6, 2013

Sports in a Minute: How do you replace 1,530 wins?

So long 1,530 wins

North Andover is losing an amazing amount of coaching talent with the departure of boys soccer coach Bill Tarbox (22 years at NA, 301-93-56; 423-206-87 overall), girls soccer coach Bud McCarthy (26 years, 358-100-58), boys basketball coach Mike McVeigh (31 years, 497-176), girls basketball coach Sue Breen (14 years, 205-100; 279-134 overall) and girls lacrosse coach Karen Lahey (11 years, 169-56-3).

That’s 1,530 wins with the Scarlet and Black, 1,726 overall wins and the two winningest area coaches in the history of their respective sports in McVeigh and Tarbox.

promising replacements

I’m not one to automatically praise coaching hirings. Frankly, at times I’m incredulous.

But hats off to North Andover AD Jon Longley for an impressive group of young and hungry new coaches: Lisa Rasanen (girls soccer), Kyle Wood (boys soccer), Paul Tanglis (boys basketball) and Megan Pinksten (girls basketball).

The only weakness is a lack of head coaching experience.

Fabulous friday

If you see Eagle-Tribune basketball MVP Tyler Nelson on Friday, wish the Central Catholic sharpshooter from Bradford a happy 18th birthday.

Gracious inductees

It was classy of NFL Hall of Famers Bill Parcells and Warren Sapp to give high praise to their ex-wives during their induction speeches. Being the wife of an athlete or coach is a thankless job.

NFL mania

I still can’t believe there were a whopping 841 credentialed media for the NFL draft combine.

BetchA didn’t know

Area track legend Duane Carlisle and music icon Rob Cummings (aka Rob Zombie) were in the same home room at Haverhill High back in the early ‘80s.

Carlisle is used to being surrounded by greatness. The Purdue strength and conditioning coach’s son Amir is a running back at Notre Dame and his other son, Nai, a muscular 6-foot point guard entering his sophomore year at West Lafayette (Ind.) High, recently received a basketball scholarship from St. Louis.

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