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July 10, 2013

Spring 2013 Salem News Coaches of the Year

GIRLS TRACK COACH OF THE YEAR

MARTY BINETTE

Ipswich

The Tigers steadily improved as the year went on, posting a 5-3 record and finishing on a high note by winning the Cape Ann League Open. What made his fourth season coaching spring track so special for Marty Binette was the maximum effort everyone put forth all the time, following the example set by captains Sarah and Tina Keiran.

“These girls all worked hard from March until June,” said Binette. “There were no moments when I didn’t feel they were giving their best effort. The leadership of our seniors is what really made this group special. We had a great mix of some very talented, hard working seniors and a couple of underclassmen with loads of talent.

“What was great about winning the CAL Open was that all our seniors performed very well, and every senior placed in an event which really speaks to the quality of this group and their ability to step up in big meets. They really worked hard in practice as the season was ending, and our underclassmen thrived from watching them. We will miss this senior group, but we do have some coming back, who have had a chance to see what it takes to win big meets.”

BOYS TRACK COACH OF THE YEAR

BRIAN CROWLEY

Marblehead

The Magicians had a perfect 7-0 season and won the NEC South. For veteran coach Brian Crowley, who has been at the helm for 13 seasons, it was special to watch his squad come off a disappointing 2-5 indoor season and totally turn things around.

“We weren’t quite sure what to expect in the spring,” said Crowley, who also coached the core group indoors. “The boys worked hard and made this a true team effort with 35 athletes scoring points for us. We’ve had a great run the last four spring seasons with three undefeated championships (27-1 record).

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