, Salem, MA


March 31, 2014

2013-14 Salem News Winter Sports Coaches of the Year



Ipswich High

Marty Binette took over a program that had lost a lot of talent to graduation, but the Tigers had an outstanding 10-0 season. After the first few meets Binette realized this team had a chance to do something special if he moved a few people around so they could score in every event.

“What I enjoyed most about this team is there were a number of girls running new events just because they realized it would help the team. This was a very unselfish, hardworking group of girls, and what’s nice is we have a lot of young talent. We’re real excited about the next couple of years with this group. A number of kids got hooked on track and field; they trained very hard in the off season.

“Our senior group of Devin Smith, Jill Calvani, Katie Monahan, Maria Balzer, Carolyn Lynch, and Rebecca Szkutak finished their careers indoors with a pretty impressive league record of 39-1 and two CAL Open championships.”

Binette and his wie have two children and make their home in Amesbury. He has been coaching sports at the high school level for 16 years and thanks his assistant coaches Ken Spellman, Jack Welch, and Sue Markos.



Peabody High

Year after year Fernando Braz has one of the top teams in the NEC. Even though he lost a lot of top point getters from last season, the Tanners posted another perfect league record of 7-0. Braz, who lives in Peabody with his wife and two children has been coaching indoor track in the city he gew up in for 16 seasons. He is the owner and teacher of Going The Distance Coaching Service.

“This team had pride, perseverance, and determination,” said Braz. “The ability to overcome a quality graduating class and remain competitive in the league is what I like best about this group.”

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