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July 10, 2013

Spring 2013 Salem News Coaches of the Year

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“A lot of the credit has to go to the players and the seniors,” said Baril. “Those guys welcomed us, they bought into what we wanted to do and they helped us learn about the team. We became like a family.”

A teacher in the Amesbury school system, Baril lives in Danvers with his wife and daughter.

SOFTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

TARA PETROCELLI

Danvers

Tara Petrocelli described her team this season as hardworking and always willing to learn. With a 19-2 record overall, the Falcons went undefeated in the Northeastern Conference — picking up the NEC crown and Player of the Year honors (Kendall Meehan) — while Petrocelli was named Coach of the Year. Danvers even earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 North tournament.

During the course of the 21-game season, Danvers had 10 shutout performances and led the league in fewest runs allowed. Petrocelli also picked up her 150th win as the Falcons head coach earlier this season with a 3-0 victory over Winthrop.

“She totally deserves it,” senior captain Chrissy Gikas said of Petrocelli. “She works so hard for us in everything that she does. Tara’s the best coach I’ve ever had.”

The success that Danvers has had over the past nine years is in direct correlation to Petrocelli and the hours she spends working with her team to develop chemistry. She has a knack for teaching the fundamentals of the game.

All of her teams during her tenure have been playoff caliber-type teams. She’s the type of coach that wants her players to succeed just as much as they do and has the utmost confidence in their ability.

GIRLS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR

ANNIE PUGH

Marblehead

Annie Pugh started her tenure at Marblehead by placing the bar high for the girls lacrosse program. Somehow, Pugh has successfully raised that bar each year.

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