Below are press releases from Malden Catholic:
Malden Catholic Hires Jess Piracini As Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach
MALDEN, MA — Malden Catholic Director of Athletics, William Raycraft, has announced that the school as hired Jess Piracini to head its Girls Varsity Lacrosse program.
According to Piracini, “I am fortunate to be taking over a very good lacrosse program. This is an incredible opportunity to lead the Malden Catholic program forward with the desire and competitiveness to become the best in high school lacrosse.” Piracini added, “Malden Catholic is a school that not only embraces athletics, but also truly cares about the growth of their students and school community. This genuine commitment to growth goes well beyond the fields and classroom.”
Piracini emerged out of a strong pool of applicants, and she is a coach looking to bring this young program to new levels. “Coach Piracini has done a fantastic job working with our girls in the hockey program and she was a standout athlete herself. I am confident she will lead our lacrosse program with outstanding skill and eventually to MIAA distinction,” stated Raycraft. “Our program currently has nearly sixty members in its fifth year of existence, and we believe that Coach Piracini will fuel it with a wealth of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm.” Raycraft went on to say, “She understands our mission, embodies the core values of the athletic department, and I am confident she will make a very positive connection with our student-athletes.”
Coach Piracini is a graduate of Catholic education having attended Arlington Catholic High School where she was a three-sport athlete, excelling in both hockey and lacrosse. While at AC she was a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team, captain, and CCL All-Star her senior year. Jess then continued her education and hockey career at women’s hockey powerhouse, Norwich University where she was a four-year member of the varsity team. She is currently an assistant coach for the MC Lancers Girls Hockey Team.
Malden Catholic Hires Michael Colombo As Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
MALDEN, MA — Malden Catholic Director of Athletics William Raycraft has announced that MC has hired Michael Colombo to head its Girls Varsity Soccer program.
Michael Colombo has served the Malden Catholic Girls Soccer program over the past three years as both the Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Head Coach. He has extensive education, coaching experience and has demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm over the years at MC.
According to New England Futbol Club Technical Director Peter Motzenbecker, “Michael is one of the finest coaches with whom I have had the pleasure of working.” Motzenbecker added, “His technical knowledge of the game is top notch, and probably more importantly, he understands how to work with players and get the very best out of athletes.”
“Michael has a terrific ability to connect with people. He has also demonstrated a strong drive to succeed while developing talent the right way, which makes him a terrific fit for Malden Catholic and our mission. As we went through the search process, Colombo checked off all the boxes,” stated MC Athletics Director William Raycraft.
Coach Colombo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds a USSF D License, in addition to numerous certifications from a diverse suite of providers including United Soccer Coaches and Massachusetts Soccer. His coaching career includes time with Mass Youth Soccer’s Town Select program and over the past four years he served as a Staff Coach with the New England Futbol Club (NEFC). Over his coaching career, student-athletes have experienced great success and have flourished both as teams and as individuals.
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