AMESBURY — Amesbury boys ice hockey coach Chris Kuchar has announced that he is stepping down and will take a similar position at Andover High School next season.
Kuchar recently completed his fourth year in Amesbury, going 8-9-4 while leading the Indians to their first appearance in the state tournament since 2006. Overall, the Indians went 23-47-6 under his leadership, with the team’s record improving each season.
Upon announcing his decision, Kuchar said he was proud to be Amesbury’s coach and will miss his former players going forward. He added that thanks to their hard work, the program is now in better shape than it was when he first took over, and he is confident that they will continue to succeed in the future.
“They are a great bunch of hard-working kids who are passionate about the game of hockey,” Kuchar said. “Whoever the next coach is will be getting a group of great young men.”
Kuchar said he was not looking to leave Amesbury, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to move to a bigger school in the Merrimack Valley Conference. As a Haverhill native, Kuchar said he grew up playing and coaching in that conference against schools like Andover, and he always wanted to get back into that atmosphere if the chance ever presented itself.
“I still think there’s a lot of unfinished things I wanted to do there, but I think Amesbury hockey is in a good place compared to where it was and I think there are a lot of good, young hockey players in Amesbury who I’m going to miss,” Kuchar said.
“I wasn’t looking to leave, but the opportunity presented itself to go to a bigger school in the MVC. I think we did a lot of good things and I think Amesbury is going to be in good shape next year.”