Before earning the head job, Gilbert was an assistant coach to longtime Brooks head coach Bob Morahan.
Gilbert was well aware of the talent her team had.
“Girls’ teams are interesting, though,” Gilbert said. “You can have the most talented soccer players in the world, but if they don’t mesh well together on the personal level, they will not perform well. Fortunately for us, this was not the case.
“I 100 percent knew we would be strong contenders for the Class A title after we beat Phillips Andover. The Big Blue has an amazing girls soccer team that we haven’t beaten in years.”
Previous Coaches of the Year
2011: Bud McCarthy, North Andover; 2010: Casey Grange, Central; 2009: Peter Kitsos, Methuen; 2008: Kendrick Whittle, Salem; 2007: Bud McCarthy, North Andover; 2006: Meghan Matson, Andover; 2005: Jeff Petry, Timberlane; 2004: Paul Bellacqua, Haverhill; 2003: Sean Killeen, North Reading; 2002: Paul Cleary, Londonderry; 2001: Amy Quinlan, Central
Boys Soccer: Windham’s Hachey is a man with a plan
Mike Hachey has coached several Windham soccer players since they were sixth graders.
“I took them as their junior high coach and the big plan was to try to keep them together and hopefully, I’d be hired on as the high school coach,” Hachey said. “I felt if I got started with a core group of guys, got them playing together and got them playing a certain style of ball ... (then) hopefully we’d get a group of composed guys who would play well together and who had a shot to put together a title.”
That plan worked. Hachey was hired as the first ever soccer coach of Windham High. And this fall, he guided the Jaguars to the Division 2 title in just their third year as a varsity program.
“It was clear that there was talent when these guys were younger,” said Hachey, a first grade teacher at Windham’s Golden Brook School.