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April 24, 2013

Younger McVeigh won't replace his father as coach

He is one of the obvious names associated with the biggest job opening – the North Andover High boys basketball position – around here in a few years.

John McVeigh.

After 31 years at the helm, his father, Mike McVeigh, announced his retirement minutes after North Andover lost to eventual state champion Brighton High in the Division 2 North finals at the Tsongas Center.

The position was officially opened 10 days ago.

John not only played for his dad, but he has made being an educator and coaching basketball an important part of his life at Brooks School, which happens to be only 2.8 miles from North Andover High. He’s a life-long, over-achieving (a Division 3 prospect, he went to Division 2 Merrimack where he became captain as a senior) gym rat.

Is there a better guy to take North Andover High to the next level as a consistent Merrimack Valley Conference contender than John McVeigh?

McVeigh has heard the rumblings, too.

“I am definitely not a candidate at North Andover,” said John, who has been teaching and coaching at Brooks for a decade.

“North Andover basketball has been a huge part of my life: as a ball-boy in elementary school, a player in high school, an assistant coach after college, and I’ve been rooting for them since I was eight years old. But I love coaching at Brooks, and really made my mind up about doing my own thing ten years ago when I took the job here.”

John is proud of his program at Brooks and he should be. It has become a New England prep powerhouse with him at the helm.

In fact, because of his commitments at Brooks, he quit coaching the Andover High girls lacrosse team after eight years.

“We try to do things the right way and I feel lucky to coach kids who are such dedicated students and players,” said John.

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