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December 13, 2013

2013 Salem News Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

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Merullo learned a lot from her high school coach Pam Grant (now at Peabody) before Merullo continued her career at Bates College, where she was a co-captain on the 2011 squad.

Now, the 2012 Bates graduate is bringing her own style to the Tigers program.

“My goal as a field hockey coach is to create and maintain a field hockey program that is a positive environment and drives girls to be passionate, dedicated and, most importantly, have fun while being successful,” said Merullo. “Fostering the team bond and creating a strong team unit is another one of my focus points as a coach. Teammates need to respect, rely on and trust each other. That way they can hold each other accountable and push each other to the best they can be.”

FOOTBALL

DAVE WOODS

Bishop Fenwick

Four years ago, Bishop Fenwick football coach Dave Woods took a look at his freshman class and knew right away he had some impressive talent on his hands. But it wasn’t until the following year, after another talented class entered the school, when the goals started taking shape.

Over the next couple seasons, Wood cultivated the talented players in his program and turned them into an undefeated Division 5 Super Bowl champion. Fenwick thumped Northbridge, 28-0, last week at Gillette Stadium to capture the title.

This season, with Woods overseeing the whole operation, the Crusaders had arguably their best season in school history. Woods guided the team to a 13-0 record and called the plays for a crew that set a new school scoring record with 510 points. The senior class — those freshmen that caught Woods’ eye in the fall of 2010 — went out winning their final 16 games, another school record.

“This group, they’re the best team in this school’s history, no question,” Woods said after the Crusaders defeated Northbridge.

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