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December 15, 2012

Introducing Eagle-Tribune Fall Coaches of the Year

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Hachey played at Pinkerton under head coach Kerry Boles, winning state titles both his junior and senior years. After graduating from Pinkerton in 1996, he played at Colby-Sawyer, where he also sprinted for the track team and was vice president of the senior class.

“They have been around me so long and been around each other so long, there was not much more I could teach them,” said Hachey, who was an assistant at Pinkerton before getting the Windham job. “I was just trying to keep their eye on what their goal was and stay focused on that goal.”

Previous Coaches of the Year

2011: Chris DiFranco, Georgetown; 2010: Christian Langlois, Pentucket; 2009: Bill Tarbox, North Andover; 2008: Ron Comeau, Georgetown; 2007: John Coppola, Haverhill; 2006: Kerry Boles, Pinkerton; 2005: Mike Sorter, Timberlane; 2004: Mike Wartman, Andover; 2003: Al Magnusson, Sanborn; 2002: Tony Karibian, Salem; 2001: Claude Beaudet, Methuen

Swimming: Smith deftly guided diverse squad

Jason Smith took over the Methuen swimming program in 2003 with hopes of rebuilding the program into a championship-caliber team.

Just one season later, Smith successfully completed that task, winning the MVC Division 2 title. He’s kept the Rangers competitive ever since.

This year was no exception as he led Methuen to second in MVC Division 2 and to an eighth-place finish in the North sectional and ninth at the Division 1 state meet.

With a young team which featured junior leader Kelly Lennon and standout freshmen Rachelle Gauvin and Jenna Albrecht, Smith brought the Rangers along gradually to a late-season peak.

At the same time, he is dogged in promoting his athletes for their accomplishments both in and out of the pool.

An “average swimmer” at Albion High in Western New York, Smith received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse and then a master’s degree in education from Boston University before taking a job as a biology teacher at Methuen.

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