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March 14, 2013

Tildsley retires with great record, memories

Guided Andover to four state titles

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Since then the memories have just poured in.

Andover’s first trip to the Garden, led by the Muller twins, which ended in a loss to Braintree, is one of the many highlights.

“I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if we’ll ever come back here,’” recalled Tildsley. “I honestly don’t remember how many games we ended up playing in the Boston Garden. It’s crazy when you think about it.”

Tildsley still gets chills when recalling the first state title win, 48-47, in 2003, when Samantha (Hughes) Gaudette hit the winning shot and free throw with .9 seconds left.

Then, of course, came the incredible “Nicole Boudreau Run” over the last three winters, when Tildsley’s teams finished 97-9 en route to three state championships.

While Boudreau gets a lion’s share of the credit, the Boston College freshman sensation says the run wouldn’t have happened without Coach Tildsley.

“He’s won four state championships over his coaching career at Andover High, which just shows how great he is at preparing his teams and putting them in a position to win,” said Boudreau, who was recently named to the ACC All-Rookie first team.

Boudreau says she owes much of her success to Tildsley.

“Mr. Tildsley was extremely hard on me, always trying to get me better,” said Boudreau. “We had the type of relationship where he knew he could yell at me and I’d respond to that. We grew closer year after year. I’ll never forget what he did for me.”

The feeling is mutual for Tildsley, who said he knew Boudreau was destined for greatness when he saw her play in fourth grade.

“Nicole helped make my job easier because she cared so much about winning,” said Tildsley. “I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, she’s the most clutch athlete that I have been associated with in my years in athletics, male or female.”

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