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December 26, 2013

Eagle-Tribune Fall Coaches of the Year


Tarbox’s father, Bill Tarbox, was his new assistant coach. He brought 40 years of varsity head coaching experience.

“Working with my dad was definitely a dream come true,” he said.

Tarbox, who teaches physical education at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence, also is an assistant indoor and outdoor track coach at Haverhill.

Volleyball: Littlefield engineered big turnaround

After a tough 3-17 season in 2012, Deb Littlefield remained positive. It paid off as she guided Whittier to a 13-8 season and the ninth-year Wildcats coach recorded her 100th career win.

“The thing that impressed me the most was, although we took quite a beating last year, every single one came back eager for another shot,” she said. “It was a great experience. That character made it worthwhile.”

Littlefield has a 107-84 record with the Cats, who reached the Division 3 North quarterfinals this fall.

She works in corporate training development and helps run the Northeast Hurricanes baseball and softball programs.

The Iowa native attended the Coast Guard Academy, where she led the Bears softball team with a 1.49 ERA in 1987. She’s passed the love of sports onto her daughter Sydney, who does volleyball, track and softball for Methuen High. She’s also ranked fourth in the senior class.

Littlefield, who also has a daughter Dana in sixth grade, helped launch the Notre Dame High of Lawrence softball program.

Her father, Jim Kinyon, coached wrestling, football and track in Iowa and, after a 40-year coaching career, was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame.

Field Hockey: Ward, Jaguars did it together

If you had a question of the admiration shared between Amanda Ward and her team, it was answered this fall.

Windham, driven by its coach’s loss of a child before the season, helped her forget the pain, albeit for just a little while.

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