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    Norwell parent lauds lacrosse coach who was let go

    After reading your article about the Nov. 18 Norwell School Committee meeting (“Norwell principal faults ex-coach,” Nov. 21), I felt compelled to share my perspective as a parent of three boys who currently play lacrosse for Chris McGuirk through his youth club teams.

    I have played sports at a collegiate level and throughout my sports career have experienced the range of what I would categorize as terrible to terrific coaches.

    I can’t think of many coaches in my 30 years of playing sports who share the balance of being supportive, positive, encouraging, knowledgeable, and firm when needed. Very few coaches seem to possess the skills to maintain that balance, and in my observation I can say without hesitation that Chris unquestionably has exhibited the type of leadership as a coach that I would hope to have my kids experience.


    In addition to being a great coach, Chris not only embodies the true spirit of a coach on the field but also takes the responsibility of providing leadership off the field to the young men he has had the responsibility to help grow and develop into men. Before prom night this year, coach McGuirk made it a point to tell his players that prom night was not about them but more importantly about their dates. He told his players that they had a responsibility to make sure their dates were safe and that everyone returned home at the close of the evening as safely as they left.

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    I don’t think you’ll find many coaches around the country who take their responsibility as coach to the level of care and passion that Chris has done. It certainly isn’t about the money. His passion for the town, the kids, and the game of lacrosse will be a great loss to Norwell, and serious consideration should be given to reinstating him.

    My kids will play for coach McGuirk as long as they can.

    Chris Stoddard