Under Guertin’s guidance, Marblehead’s girls went on to place third at the Division 2 state meet.
A four-time Salem News Coach of the Year, Guertin has also been head coach of the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA swim team for more than 30 years. She has coached countless swimmers that have gone on to compete in college, holds several Master’s class top times as a swimmer, and earned a degree in aquatic management from Salem State in 1993.
St. John’s Prep
In the classroom and on the mat, no wrestling team thrived quite like St. John’s Prep did this winter under Manny Costa.
In his 24th season as head coach, Costa’s Eagles set a record for meet victories this winter, going 38-3 overall to put them as the second-ranked team in the entire state in all three divisions. This year’s squad hit the books as hard as it did its opposition, boasting a team grade-point average of 3.97.
There were 50 Prep wrestling alumni on hand the day before Christmas to watch Costa earn his 500th career victory. On Dec. 24, there were 50 SJP alumni on hand to witness Costa record his 500th career victory. He is now 525-131-5 for his career and has had 11 wrestlers win All-States in their weight classes and another 22 win state championships.
This season under Costa, five different St. John’s Prep wrestlers earned their respective 100th career victories (equivalent to a 1,000-point scorer in basketball). Senior captain D.J. Lemieux said Costa’s greatest strength as a coach is making sure each one of his wrestlers are in top condition and always prepared.
“He takes pride in us being one of most conditioned teams in state, and it’s true because when it comes down to it, we last longer than everybody from top to bottom in each weight class,” said Lemieux. “We’re more prepared for live wrestling than most other teams. We don’t have a lot of guys coming in who’ve wrestled before high school; we’re so successful because of his tough practices and the guidance he gives us to help us succeed.”
This year the Eagles wrestled the toughest schedule in the state and defeated 11 of the top 22 teams in Massachusetts. St. John’s Prep shut out eight different opponents as Costa was named the North Division 1 Coach of the Year for the fifth time.