After 31 years at the helm, Tom Grassa, one of the most iconic coaches in the city of Lynn, confirmed on Wednesday he is stepping down as head basketball coach at Lynn Classical, leaving a legacy of success in his wake.
“Tom has done a great job for the school and the program,” said Lynn Classical principal Gene Constantino, who credited Grassa for taking him under his wing when he coached girls’ basketball coach at the school.
Grassa started his coaching career as an assistant to the late head coach Lou Falkoff in 1978, and was appointed as head coach in 1985.
Over the years he compiled a 476-253 record and won back-to-back state championships in 1993 and 1994 along with a number of conference championships and section final appearances, including a heartbreaking 79-73 loss last season in the Division 2 North final against eventual state champion Brighton.
“While coaching back in the day we played a couple high school games against Patrick Ewing. I tell the kids nowadays this and they go, ‘Who is Patrick Ewing?’” Grassa said with a laugh, noting the generational difference between he and his players.
Grassa’s decision to step down as head coach will certainly generate a lot of interest in the vacancy at Lynn Classical.
One potential candidate who plans to apply is Grassa’s own son, Jasper, 25, an assistant coach with the team. Jasper played at Classical under his father before moving on to play at Bentley University. Grassa also coached his son Nick, who went on to play at Salem State.
“I expect lots of qualified candidates to apply,” said Constantino.
Despite confirming his decision to relinquish his head coaching duties, Grassa seemed to leave open the possibility of maintaining a presence within the program.
“Whoever the next head coach is, I hope I can still be part of the program,” he said.
Middlesex 2, Governor’s Academy 0 — Junior midfielder Josh Quirk assisted on both goals from junior forward Jacob Charles, and the Zebras improved to 5-1-2.
Cohasset 2, Carver 0 — Junior Chris Longo and senior Andrew Sullivan took care of scoring for the Skippers (13-0) as they clinched the South Shore League Small championship.
Hingham 207, Quincy 246 — With senior captain Dylan Parnell and sophomore Oliver Padden each carding 2-under 33s, the Harbormen (7-4) finished 3-under as a team at Furnace Brook GC, the lowest score in the Patriot League this fall. Wes Bevins and Rich Miller were 1-under and Shan Syed even par.
Silver Lake 233, Plymouth North 239 — Senior Dillon Brown earned medalist honors with a 2-under 32 for the Lakers (8-4).
Winchester 3, Melrose 1 — In a tight battle of Middlesex League heavyweights, the No. 19 Sachems (12-1) persevered over the seventh-ranked Red Raiders. Senior Julia Johnston posted 34 assists and 27 service points. Junior outside hitter Luna Colozzo added 22 kills, while senior middle hitter Brooke Scully tallied eight blocks and eight kills.
Northeast 3, Greater Lawrence 1 — Senior center Montana Santiano had 16 assists and four aces to lead the way for the Golden Knights (5-7).
Cardinal Spellman 3, Arlington Catholic 1 — Senior captain Jill Orosz notched 12 kills and four aces for the Cardinals (9-4).
Norton 23, Medfield 32 — Freshman Isabella Pietrasiewicz came in first for Norton, and second overall, on the 2.9-mile course with a time of 19:51.
Silver Lake 6, Hanover 0 — The Lakers (10-2) earned a postseason tournament berth with their sixth straight home shutout.
Foxborough 5, Attleboro 2 — Senior Lilly Sykes (1 goal, 3 assists) and junior Mackenzie Fraser (2 goals) led the way for the Warriors (7-6).
Rockland 4, Mashpee 0 — Junior Madison Blonde scored three goals to lift the No. 19 Bulldogs (9-2-1) into the state tournament.
Archbishop Williams 4, Cardinal Spellman 0 — Senior forward Chigozie Sumani took care of scoring for the Bishops (11-1-1) with all four goals.
Natick 4, Marblehead 0 — Senior Julia Adelmann scored once and assisted on the other three for No. 3 Natick (11-0).
Rivers 4, BB&N 3 — Senior captain Meghan Gazard scored all four goals for the Red Wings as they won in extra time.
North Andover 7, Dracut 0 — On senior night, team captain Sarah Bagley and classmates Emma Belaguer, Samantha Whiteman and Dana Swartz (2 goals) connected for the Scarlet Knights (9-1-1).
Lincoln-Sudbury 5, Newton South 0 — Senior captain Keira Semerjian had a hand in all five of the goals for the Warriors (8-2), scoring three times and assisting twice.
Dover-Sherborn 5, Medfield 0— Senior forward Tara Raftery had three goals and one assist for the Raiders (9-1-1).For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.