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December 13, 2013

2013 Salem News Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

BOYS SOCCER

DAVE MITCHELL

Masconomet

Over the past three seasons as head coach of the Masconomet boys soccer team, Dave Mitchell has put together a 58-6-6 record, made two state final appearances, earned two North titles and, this fall, captured the program’s first Division 2 state championship trophy since 1996.

This season was near-perfect as the Chieftains swept all of theirs Cape Ann League opponents and recorded just on loss to Division 1 powerhouse Somerville. As a team Masconomet had 17 shutouts, including a 3-0 victory over Danvers in the Div. 2 North quarterfinals. Under Mitchell, Masco earned its third consecutive CAL title.

The Chieftains’ biggest accomplishments came in postseason play where they defeated arch rival North Andover in the North final, then bested Walpole, 4-2, to win the Division 2 state title banner.

Mitchell played four years of college soccer at Holy Cross and began teaching history at Masconomet shortly thereafter. He was selected as the 2008 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year as well as the National History Teacher of Year. He was the Chieftains’ freshman team coach from 1995-2005, at which time he became the varsity coach at Bishop Fenwick, leading the Crusaders to three postseason appearances in four years.

With Mitchell at the helm, Masconomet prides itself on fitness, which was made evident during the long tournament run as the Chieftains outworked every team they faced.

GIRLS SOCCER

DOC SIMPSON

Pingree

In a just three years, Dushawne ‘Doc’ Simpson has led the Pingree girls soccer program to new heights.

This fall, the Highlanders won their first New England Prep School championship in 25 years while also going unbeaten in Eastern Independent League play and taking the league title.

Simpson’s technical expertise and knack for teaching the game paid big dividends for the Highlanders. They outlasted Brewster Academy, 4-3, in double overtime to win the NEPSAC crown. Pingree also overcome some key injuries on the backline and prevailed with 14 healthy players in the regional playoffs.

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