Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and Silver Lake Regional High School announced the hiring today of Kevin Cleary as the first head coach of the newly formed co-op girls hockey team between the two schools. Cleary has been the head coach of the Wayland/Weston girls hockey team and led the squad to the DCL Merrimack Championship. He has a track record of success in various hockey coaching stops including stints at Thayer Academy and Milton Academy. In addition, Cleary has been active in the South Shore Seahawks (board of directors), Bay State Breakers, Rockland High School and the Lady Bandits.
“I'm really excited for this opportunity to coach and further both schools long history of success in athletics, “Coach Cleary said. “Hockey is a sport of passion and I will bring plenty of that with me next season. Building a strong staff is a top priority. That, coupled with the dedication of the girls has me envisioning a strong program for years to come.”
“Everyone we talked to about Coach Cleary had nothing but positive things to say about his ability to teach the game and build a positive team atmosphere. His track record speaks for itself,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. “We are so excited to be bringing girls hockey to Silver Lake. During the interview process coach Cleary emerged from a group of strong candidates as someone with the vision it takes to establish a cohesive team from two schools. His experience at Wayland/Weston will prove to be invaluable,” Silver Lake Athletic Director Martha Jamieson said.
Whitman-Hanson girl’s hockey had competed with Pembroke High School since 2007 as a co-op team and this past year the girls won the league championship. In just its second year of existence, in 2009, the team also earned a trip to the Boston Garden and the state championship. “We were sad to see the co-op with Pembroke come to an end, they were outstanding partners with a great athletic director, principal and school community. We couldn’t be more proud of all the team accomplished in its brief history. This year Coach Bill Flynn and his staff did an amazing job in leading our team to a memorable year and put an exclamation point on a fantastic run,” Rodgers said. This is Silver Lake’s first ever girls hockey team but many of the players are familiar with one another from youth hockey. “Silver Lake is a perfect partner. From our close proximity to the rich athletic tradition of both schools, I am confident the girls will quickly come together and form a unified team,” Rodgers added.
WH/SL will compete in the SEMGHL with their division still to be determined.