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Coach of the Award Recipients 2022-2023

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is pleased to announce the twenty-seven coaches from MIAA member schools who were selected to receive the 2022-23 MIAA Coach of the Year Award. Each coach will be recognized at the annual MIAA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at the Doubletree Milford and will be nominated for the NFHS Sectional and National Coach of the Year Award. Click here for Program Book for 2022-2023 Award Recipients

Zach BrownFranklin High SchoolBaseball
Al PettwayNorth High School (Worcester)Basketball – Boys
Lisa DownsFoxborough High SchoolBasketball – Girls
Rebecca GauvinLudlow High SchoolCross Country – Boys
Carolina DiBiaseMansfield High SchoolCross Country – Girls
John O’NeillQuaboag Regional Middle/High School (Warren)Field Hockey
Brandon MendezOld Colony Regional Voc/Tech HS (Rochester)Football
Joel JenkinsBillerica Memorial High SchoolGolf – Fall
John AndersonMonomoy Regional High School (Harwich)Golf – Spring
Heather FuscoCentral Catholic High School (Lawrence)Gymnastics – Girls
John MaguireWaltham High SchoolIce Hockey – Boys
Allisyn FuranoNeedham High SchoolIce Hockey – Girls
Phil ReulandWinchester High SchoolLacrosse – Boys
Stacey BeaulieuTriton Regional High School (Byfield)Lacrosse – Girls
Ryan KiffBlue Hills Regional Technical School (Canton)Rugby – Boys
Matthew WheelerShrewsbury High SchoolSoccer – Boys
Kevin SmithMansfield High SchoolSoccer – Girls
Stacy CiccoloCentral Catholic High School (Lawrence)Softball
Julie NockaLincoln-Sudbury Regional High SchoolSwimming & Diving – Girls
Scott JohnsonPlymouth South High SchoolTennis – Boys
Tristan SmithSaint Mary’s High School (Lynn)Track & Field, Indoor – Boys
Ryan SpinneyNorth Reading High SchoolTrack & Field, Outdoor – Boys
Mike PersenaireWhitinsville Christian SchoolTrack & Field, Outdoor – Girls
John LeightonFranklin High SchoolUnified Basketball
Jared ShannonWahconah Regional High SchoolUnified Track & Field
Allison LuppiTewksbury Memorial High SchoolVolleyball – Fall
Peter BocciaMilford High SchoolWrestling

MIAA Coach of the Year Award

“Recognizing Excellence in Character, Achievement and Coaching”

This award seeks to recognize and honor “teacher coaches” who have had an impact on the lives of student-athletes, by encouraging them to succeed and by helping them develop self-confidence, ambition, a sound work ethic, and other skills or values necessary or helpful for success in their later lives. Award candidates should have a record of encouraging student-athletes to be well-rounded (i.e. displaying excellence in areas of scholarship, citizenship, fine arts, etc.), as well as a reputation, among their peers and the athletic community, for fair play, good sportsmanship, and the development of these attributes in their student-athletes.

Coaches Education Certification Process

DO NOT REGISTER ON THE NFHS WEBSITE FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING.  THE CLASSROOM CLINIC MUST BE TAKEN FIRST IN ORDER FOR THE NFHS ONLINE COURSE TO BE FREE. You need to register with us FIRST to avoid paying $95.00 twice. Check our Conference page for available Fundamentals of Coaching Courses.

MIAA Certified Coaches

We offer either a two-part virtual workshops for coaches or a 4-hour in person classes for coaches that need to fulfill the requirements of MIAA Handbook Rule 33 (Coaches’ Education).

  1. The Fundamentals of Coaching classroom clinic.
  2. Fundamentals of Coaching (Blended) – Units 3, 4, and 5 online. License to complete the exam issued after completion of classroom clinic.
  3. The MIAA State examination – link provided to this exam after completion of classroom clinic.
  4. Payment of clinic in full ($95.00)

Full attendance is required at sessions. 

Virtual classes require both video and audio device capabilities to participate.

Fundamentals of Coaching Course (Blended)

Units 3, 4, and 5 are online after the completion of the classroom clinic. A license number will be provided to you after the completion of classroom participation.

If you use a different email to log in to your NFHS account than the one you registered with for the classroom clinic, please let Donna Harrington know so the correct email will be issued the license.


History and Rule

All coaches hired prior to August 1, 1998 are exempt from taking the Fundamentals of Coaching Course. Coaches hired after 8/1/98 and before 7/1/05 must have completed the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course with the exception of Certified MA teachers.

All coaches (stipend or volunteer) first serving as an interscholastic coach after July 1, 2005 must complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course, and an approved Sports First Aid course.

• The NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course requirement must be met through attending an MIAA sponsored Fundamentals of Coaching Class with MIAA Certified Instructors. Must be completed and passed prior to coaching a second year.

• The NFHS Sports First Aid may be met by completing on-line courses with the NFHS Must be passed prior to coaching a third year.


Additional requirements for all coaches:

• Massachusetts requires coaches to be certified in CPR per Section 1. Section 47A of chapter 71 of the General Laws. Additionally, AED training is required and will most likely be done in conjunction with the existing mandated CPR training.

• All MIAA member school coaches (stipend or volunteer) are required to take annually the on-line National Federation Concussion Course, or other MA Department of Public Health recognized education program, prior to the start of their season. Rugby Coaches must see Rule 76.2 for additional coaches’ education information.

Any questions, please call Donna Harrington at 508-541-9804 or email

MIAA Certified Coaches


National Federation of State High School Associations Coaching Recognition


NFHS Sectional and National Coach of the Year 

“In grateful appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic athletics.”

The NFHS Sectional and National Coach of the Year Award Program recognizes active coaches in the top ten participated boys and girls sports, in the Spirit category and in two “Other” categories (one for boys and one for girls.) Coaches must be nominated by a NFHS member state association. A coach does not have to be a current member of the NFHS Coaches Association to be selected, but will be invited to join. A coach may be nominated for only one sport per year.