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December 15, 2012

Introducing Eagle-Tribune Fall Coaches of the Year

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Previous Coaches of the Year

2011: Lindsay Breen, North Reading; 2010: Maureen Noone, Andover; 2009: Mim Ryan, Timberlane; 2008: Marcia Manseau, Londonderry; 2007: Dianne Freiermuth, North Andover; 2005-06: Carol Merchant, Salem; 2004: Erin Carroll, Brooks; 2003: Dianne Freiermuth, North Andover; 2002: Ruth Beaton, Pentucket; 2001: Cindy Hendy, Timberlane

Volleyball: Roemer steps right in and wins

John Roemer’s greatest accomplishment for Salem High volleyball?

Make people forget the past and look to the present and future.

The first-year coach for the Salem High girls, Roemer duplicated the feat he accomplished last spring with the Blue Devil boys.

One season, one state title.

And, despite replacing a couple of championship coaches in E.J. Perry (boys) and Dan Young (girls), Roemer did it his way.

“My coaching philosophy has always been defense-first,” said Roemer, when he accepted the boys position last spring.

The girls also took to it magnificently, rolling to a 21-1 mark and winning the state Division 1 championship.

”This whole year, it was about the team,” said Roemer.

Senior Hannah O’Shaughnessy said her team accepted Roemer’s lessons almost immediately.

She said, “A lot of teams have one or two people who they aim for and always set. But we have a team that is 15 people deep and we always go hard. We always worked hard this season and we never let down and that’s why we got to where we are.”

When he’s not coaching, Roemer is the vice president of full service restaurant recruiting at Visions Personnel.

Previous Coaches of the Year

2011: Dan Young, Salem; 2010: George Sullivan, Andover; 2009: Peter Willis, Londonderry; 2008: Roger Konstant, Pinkerton; 2007: Keri Forrest, North Reading; 2006: Dan Young, Salem; 2005: Bill Brouder, Lawrence; 2004: Veronica Mulholland, North Andover; 2003: George Sullivan, Andover; 2002: Nathalee Black, Central; 2001: George Sullivan, Andover

Golf: Team works for Pelham’s Vaiknoras

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