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December 13, 2013

2013 Salem News Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

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The Super Bowl victory was Woods’ third in 16 years at the helm. He also led the team to titles in 1999 and 2000. He now has 118 wins at Fenwick, best in program history, and his teams have won seven or more games in 10 seasons during his reign.

The 48-year-old Woods also served as vice president of the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association.

BOYS TRACK

JOE ROCHA

Peabody

Peabody has always been either a league champion or a strong contender in the 15 years since Rocha has been head coach — and this year was no exception.

With a good mix of newcomers and veterans, the Tanners won the Northeastern Conference regular season title and league championship meet (with 6 runners in the top 11) while placing second at the Division 1 Eastern Mass. Meet (with 4 runners in the top 20). The highlight of the season was posting their best finish ever at All-States with third place.

“We had a big team (48 runners) and tried to develop the best in each individual and as a group,” said Rocha, whose son Marcelo came along even quicker than he expected, being the only freshman to finish in the top 60 at the Division 1 All-State race (31st place).

Junior Alex Greco, a transfer from Beverly, strengthened Peabody’s top group of runners while seniors Drew Fossa and Ben Braz were consistently front runners all season long. Rocha was careful not to overtrain his squad, and as a result they produced in the big meets.

Rocha is married to the former Gina Braz and lives in Peabody with his wife and three children.

GIRLS TRACK

JEN RODIER

Marblehead

Jen Rodier has had a lot of success with the Marblehead cross country program the past five years, but this was her best season ever. The team posted a perfect 6-0 record during the regular season and won the Eastern Mass. Division 4 title for the first time, blowing away second place Wakefield.“The girls came into the season stronger than ever before after working hard all summer,” said Rodier, who is a science teacher at Marblehead High and lives in Topsfield with her husband and daughter.

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