Bishop Fenwick boys coach Leo Shidler is stepping down after leading the Crusaders to their first tournament berth in program history.
Shidler is headed back to school and doesn’t feel he would have enough time to remain committed to the continued improvement of the Fenwick program.
“My company offered to pay for me to go back to school,” Shidler said. “It was a tough decision. I found out the beginning of the year that they would offer this and it took me just about all year (to decide). It was just before our tournament game that I told the team I wouldn’t be able to coach next season.”
Shidler was happy to bring Fenwick to a new level, and he was pleased to go out with the same class that he came in with.
“When I first came in there were guys who didn’t know the game,” Shidler said. “They were all athletes, they just didn’t know the rules or have lacrosse knowledge. Now, we have guys graduating and looking to continue playing lacrosse in college.”
The Crusaders went 11-9 this year and qualified for the East Division 3 tournament. Fenwick, the 23rd seed, dropped its opener 18-1 to Hanover.
The 26-year-old Shidler praised this senior class for helping the Crusaders reach the tournament, especially senior captains Jake Brennan and Troy Reinold.
Shidler is unsure who will emerge as a candidate for the vacant head coaching position, but he said his assistants Vinny Cinseruli and his younger brother Gregory Shidler would like to continue working with the program.
Marblehead boys coach John Wilkens found nothing wrong with the way the Magicians went out this season. Wilkens’ club posted 16 straight wins before falling to East Division 2 champion Medfield, 16-6, in a quarterfinal matchup.
“Medfield was a freight train,” Wilkens said. “Those guys are really good in every position. They have solid athletes everywhere. I’d love to see Longmeadow, the team that beat them in the (state) final. But we had a good year and we have a lot to build on.”