WILMINGTON, MA — Article 53 of the 2021 Annual Town Meeting Warrant asks voters to name the soccer field behind the North Intermediate School in memory of Frank S. Lentine, the teacher and coach who developed the first soccer program for Wilmington High School.
According to the Town Crier, Lentine started soccer as a club sport at Wilmington High School with the blessing of athletic director Larry Cushing in 1964. The team would play as an independent team from 1969 to 1971. The team then joined the Northern Soccer League, where it went 81-21-15 with Lentine as head coach. The team would win the league championship three times with Lentine at the helm.
Lentine, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 84, worked for the Wilmington Public Schools district for 33 years — first as an Industrial Arts teacher and then as a Guidance Counselor.
Lentine, a veteran, was a member of the Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Last year, he was honored with a memorial bench at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.
The idea to rename the field in Lentine’s memory was brought forth by the article’s petitioner, Janet Ingram.
Voters will vote on the renaming at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9am at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
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