For Masconomet girls hockey coach Nicole Twomey ice time has always been a family affair, and that’s a good thing for her since she’s starting her first season as a varsity coach just three months after giving birth.
“The timing, let’s just say, was not perfect,” said Twomey. “But, as in all things in life, timing isn’t great all the time. So, what are you going to do? This is what I’ve been waiting for, for a really long time. So, I couldn’t pass the opportunity up.”
Hockey has been Twomey’s life blood since she was 5 years old. Her father and four younger brothers played. She followed suit, playing defense for four years at the University of New Hampshire.
“I’ve never really had to describe why I love hockey because I’ve grown up with it, and I’ve always loved it,” said Twomey. “It’s just an amazing sport. It’s second nature to me and my family.”
Twomey has also been coaching for a good number of years, heading the Newburyport boys junior varsity squad for four years, and functioning as the Masco girls assistant coach under head coach Andrew Boepple last year. But when Boepple moved on to be the assistant coach for the Chieftains’ boys, opportunity came calling for Twomey.
“I’ve been waiting for it since I’ve started coaching hockey,” Twomey says of her big break. “Andrew spoke to me in the spring, and that he was applying for the position and he suggested that I put in for the girls’ job. Meanwhile, I was three months pregnant. So, I was thinking; ‘Hmm, this timing isn’t great.’”
Good timing or not, Twomey jumped at the chance and did as much preparation as she could in the summer while her baby bump grew.