READING, MA — After 14 years at the helm of Austin Preparatory School Boys Hockey, head coach Lou Finocchiaro is retiring.
“I have thought long and hard about this,” Finocchiaro told his players today during a special meeting at the school. “But it’s the right time. It’s very hard for me personally – I love coaching and I love hockey – it was a very difficult decision.”
During his tenure, Finocchiaro led the Cougars to nearly 200 victories, six Catholic Central League Championships, and watched countless players be selected as All-Scholastics. The team received almost annual invites to the MIAA’s Super Eight elite hockey tournament.
He is the longest-serving boys hockey coach for the co-educational 6-12 school in Reading. In 2016, Finocchiaro was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He thanked the school, assistant coaches, team managers, athletic directors, trainers, headmasters, alumni and players for 14 great years.
Despite his many successes on the ice, he said his greatest achievements are the close relationships he established with his players. He receives wedding invitations from some past players, and maintains friendships with many of them.
“The relationships we developed were about a lot more than just hockey,” Finocchiaro said. “I believe I gave all I had and did it right. It’s been a great journey and I have no regrets.”
Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Jonathan Pollard thanked Finocchiaro for his dedication and years of service.
“The impact Coach Finocchiaro has had on our hockey program and the generations of student-athletes he has coached is simply immeasurable,” Pollard said. “Though we are saddened to see the end of an era, we know Coach Finocchiaro has left our hockey program in a position to maintain its standing as one of the top Division 1 programs in the state. Though we are incredibly proud of the many wins, CCL Championships, and establishing a consistent presence in the Super Eight, we are most thankful for the example Coach Finocchiaro has set for our young men. He has undoubtedly led by example in instilling qualities like humility, sportsmanship, work ethic, and loyalty. These qualities are what ensure not only our student-athletes’ success in the game of hockey, but more importantly the game of life.”
Finocchiaro’s son, Louis, is a senior and played varsity hockey for Austin Prep. He graduates next week. His daughter, Olivia, plays hockey at Tabor Academy. He lives with his children and wife, Dawn, in Saugus.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)
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