For the past 13 years, Ginsburg has coached at the Beverly YMCA and was the captain of the Panther squad as a senior in 2004. After graduating from Springfield College, she began her career as a physical therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy.
Beverly made it back to sectionals once again and was able to compete at States at the DCU Center in Worcester. “To be coaching and competing on podium equipment at the DCU Center, at a high level meet was an amazing experience,” said Ginsburg.
In his first season as head coach, Jon DeMarco helped the Generals to a 12-7 record and qualify for their first tournament appearance since 2004.
A strong defensive unit, the Generals were the definition of a hard-working team this winter. Hamilton-Wenham even defeated Cape Ann League powerhouse Masconomet on the road.
“The great thing about our team was the fact that every girl understood that they could be a leader in different ways,” said DeMarco, who praised assistant coaches Rich DeMarco and Erin Parker. “We won and lost as a team and never cared who scored the points. We had a number of different high scorers, and in every game the scoring was spread out between the players.”
Though the Generals graduate their leading scorer in Cassandra Fibbe, they only lose two seniors for next year.
DeMarco, 29, is a Revere native who now lives in Saugus with his wife, Amy. He teaches history at Revere High School and has been coaching basketball in some form for 10 years. DeMarco also played football at Merrimack College for four years, starting at wide receiver.
When John Walsh was appointed as the new boys basketball coach in Danvers, most people figured it would take him at least three years to rebuild a program that was routinely at the bottom of the Northeastern Conference standings. That speculation proved to be worthless as Walsh did so much more in that time than any local basketball fan could have predicted.