Pinksten steps down as North Andover girls basketball coach

Megan Pinksten

North Andover girls basketball coach Megan Pinksten has stepped down after five seasons, she confirmed on Wednesday. 

“I love coaching and I love North Andover girls basketball,” said Pinksten. “I’m stepping down to focus on other aspects of my life.”

In five seasons as Scarlet Knights head coach, Pinksten finished with a 60-46 record, qualifying for the state tournament each season. Last winter, North Andover went 11-10 and fell to Lowell in the Division 1 North first round.

A two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star center for Andover High (class of 2002), Pinksten later began her coaching career as an assistant for the Golden Warriors under Jim Tildsley.

Pinksten joined North Andover basketball in 2011 as an assistant under then-head coach Sue Breen. In 2013, she helped the Scarlet Knights to their first Division 2 North title game since 1992.

The following summer, after Breen retired, Pinksten was hired as Knights head coach.

Pinksten is also a guidance counselor at North Andover High, a position she has held since 2007. She has also long served an assistant varsity and JV volleyball coach for the Knights under Veronica Schaefer.

“North Andover girls basketball is truly a family and I can’t say enough about the girls in the program and their families,” said Pinksten. “They are truly an exceptional group of people and I’m grateful to have the privilege of being a part of it all.”

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