Dan Shine, the longest-tenured coach in Massachusetts boys’ hockey, announced his retirement after 43 seasons.
In an emotional meeting Wednesday morning, Shine informed his players that he is stepping away from the program he has led since 1979. Having battled health issues for much of the last year, Shine told the Globe he had been contemplating the decision for the past couple of months.
“You’ve got to look at the big picture, look at what’s best for the kids,” he said. “I think the time is right, with all I’ve gone through in the last year, I don’t want the kids to be shortchanged. There’s only so much I can do.”
Shine will stay on as the school’s athletic director, a role he has held since 1978. Shine also has served as the chair of the MIAA Ice Hockey Committee since the 1990s, and as a member of the MIAA’s board of directors.
Shine led the Cougars to three state championships, including the program’s only Super 8 title in 1997. The most recent championship came in 2010 in Division 1, and AC also won a Division 2 state title in 1990.
Shine posted a record of 575-308-83, making him one of only six coaches in MIAA boys’ hockey history with at least 500 victories.
Longtime Waltham coach John Maguire noted that Shine was “one of the founding fathers” of the Super 8 tournament and also called him a “class act and gentleman who did a lot for Massachusetts high school hockey.”
“He will be missed on the AC bench,” Maguire added, “but continuing with the AD’s job he will always be active, especially with hockey, at the MIAA level.”
According to the school, the process to select Shine’s replacement will begin soon, with the formation of a committee consisting of administration, faculty and staff, parents and students.
“Dan’s commitment to Arlington Catholic and our mission has never faltered and the impact he has had on generations of student-athletes is immeasurable,” the Rev. Marc J. Bishop, head of school, said in a release. “I thank him for his decades of service and the tradition of excellence he has instilled in our hockey program.”
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