Can you give an example of a team-building exercise?
“One thing I really wanted to stress this year is community service. Unfortunately, we only have one day off a week, and that’s Sunday. So instead of doing something for community service together as a team, I asked the girls to do 26 acts of kindness. It’s a theme that’s gone viral on Facebook. In the next week, each of the girls will do 26 random acts of kindness, and we’ll share with each other on Tuesday.”
Were any of the girls standoffish about forming a team with girls they might compete against in other sports?
“There hasn’t been any of that at all. I think what they enjoy is the uniqueness of the team. They love forming friendships outside of the hallways of their respective schools.”
Was it difficult to establish chemistry between players?
“I think it’s the same as anywhere else. I don’t think I have any more of a challenge in finding chemistry than other coaches. You find what works, regardless of the players’ background or where they played youth hockey. You find the lines that work.”
Eventually, is your goal to coach a team from one school like Newburyport?
“I’m certainly grateful for this opportunity to coach a very unique bunch of girls. However, when I look at my long-term vision for myself and the growth of the sport, I stand by the fact that, down the line, with the way girls hockey continues to grow, each of these schools will have its own team. That’s the ideal. We’re years off from that, but we have some supportive people in administration that also support that vision. We’re in good shape. Would I like to coach Newburyport? Absolutely, but we’re a ways off.”
The Masco team is a co-op among Masco, Newburyport, North Andover, Georgetown, Hamilton-Wenham and now Triton