SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

December 28, 2013

Letter: Community did much for family, team

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The last 10 years coaching basketball for Ipswich High School has been so special. I appreciate the support from the high school administration, other coaches, all of the parents over the years and, most importantly, the relationships with the student-athletes. What an amazing place Ipswich High School is to coach and work. As I said to the players over the years, I don’t remember all of our wins and losses, but I do cherish the time and traditions spent with everyone.

To the local restaurants Pomos, Stephanie’s Pancake House and Stone Soup, thank you for helping us create our traditions and making team dinners part of our memories. Our teams are so fortunate to have such a generous bank in town, The Institution for Savings, that never stops giving. Ipswich High School also has the best record keeper in the state. Thank you, John Thomas, for all your hard work. Not every town has the advantage of all of the stats being consistently updated and done by someone who is the biggest fan of the players.

I have enjoyed working with so many people who are so dedicated to the student athletes. Dr. Hugh O’Flynn, I appreciate you always being there. What other town has a doctor who does gym, field and house calls? For 10 years, I have walked into gyms on the road and spotted Dave Drown waiting to cheer us on. Thank you, Dave, for being such a loyal fan. Ten years ago, Dan Follansbee sat in the stands watching us play and quickly became a part of our staff. We appreciate all the hours you spent with us doing stats and helping us coach, Dan. My best-not-so-kept-secret scout, Chip Nylen, we could not have won so many games without you. Thank you for the hours you spent scouting and your genuine support for the girls over the years. I am so appreciative of high school administration — Barry Cahill, Dave Dalton, Tom Gallagher and Micki Nylen — who gave consistent support to the girls basketball program, which translated into pride and success. We were fortunate to have The Salem News and Ipswich Chronicle follow us and write about our games. Our teams have many pictures and articles from both newspapers to save and look back on.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach for a decade and blessed to have formed so many friendships. As we build our new home, I think of all the support we received over the years through the special and tough times. We can’t thank you enough.

Mandy Carter-Zegarowski and family

Hamilton

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