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December 13, 2013

2013 Salem News Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

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“The girls had a lot of perseverance,” said Simpson, who is assisted by former Newburyport High standout Jillian Kinter. “We’re trying to create a winning tradition, and we’re hoping this is just the beginning. This year was a great foundation with some hard working, dedicated players.”

The director of coaching for the Aztec program, Simpson has led that program to state, regional and national titles and also coaches in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. He was an All-State player in Connecticut in high school and excellent at both Southern Connecticut State and Salem State in college before playing professionally both in New England and in Italy’s Serie C.

He lives in Beverly with his wife, Beverly girls head coach Kristin, and their children.

GOLF

LARRY O’NEILL

St. John’s Prep

Larry O’Neill has now won seven state titles as coach of the St. John’s Prep golf team. This season, however, may have been his finest coaching job.

The Eagles had only four seniors on the roster — Jeff O’Connor, Justin Serowik, Max Burt and Tim Tully — but O’Neill helped them combine with a talented group of underclassmen to capture the Division 1 state title at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. St. John’s, led by two sophomores and a freshman on that particular day, tied Xaverian with a 312, and won in the tiebreaker.

Sophomores Steven DiLisio and James Turner, and freshmen Mark Turner and Chris Francoeur, were four of the top six players for the Eagles.

St. John’s finished 16-2 this season and captured its second straight Catholic Conference title. O’Neill has now won 20 conference titles in 25 years coaching. St. John’s also won the Div. 1 North sectional title this fall, and the Eagles are set up well for next season with so many key players coming back.

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