Monday Night Musings

Just some random thoughts in the summer months while waiting until fall practices start in about a month…

One of the most discussed job openings in the coming months will be the St. Peter-Marian baseball job. Peter Coyle held the job for the past 19 years, so the job doesn’t open up too often.

Considering it’s St. Peter-Marian and the school is very high on former players taking the reigns, don’t be surprised to see a current assistant get promoted. Coyle has had the luxury of some great helpers during his time with the Guardians, and mentioned folks like Jimmy Shugrue, Dan Girard, Joe Albano, Steve Sargent, Billy Riley and Bobby Cosenza as being great candidates if they choose to apply for the job.

As an interested observer, I think if SPM wants to keep its program on the top of the CMass. food chain, headmaster Matt Sturgis might want to see if Hudson coach Brian Davis would be interested in wearing the purple again. It’s a long-shot and Davis has done tremendous things with the Hawks, but I think he’d be a great fit with the program and worth the time to see if he’s interested in a change of address.


Speaking of right coaches in the right places, I remember talking to then-outgoing Grafton High AD Jim Bergenholtz a few years ago after he locked up soccer coaches Ken Morin (boys) and Hussein Issa (girls). I figured he’d managed to solidify the positions for the foreseeable future.

However, you know what they say about the best laid plans and all that. The spring season ended with news that Morin stepped down to take the Algonquin boys’ job while Issa stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

Bergie’s replacement, Karrah Ellis, handled the sudden changes well by tabbing Alan Rotatori (boys) and John Chatalian (girls) a few weeks ago, and I don’t think either program will miss a beat.

Rotatori showed during a great first year as boys’ lacrosse coach for the Indians that he is capable of fitting in at Grafton. Rotatori had coached freshmen at Newton South for 18 years and was coaching youth sports around town and told me he was waiting for the right time to jump back into coaching, so when the boys’ job unexpectedly opened at the school, he was quick to apply.

Meanwhile Chatalian should find Grafton a much better fit than the Westboro girls’ program was. Chatalian knows his stuff and should be able to steer the program in the right direction, as the Indians won nine games in 2007, but dropped to just five last year.


I’m 32 years old and I still get a kick out of little things like firing up my copy of NCAA Football 2010 for the 360. Now that I have the real name rosters (from Lanteri87), I can start my dynasty. Because I’m a nerd, I will take Boston College to the BCS title, just because I want to watch Fitchburg’s Keith Bourne (and Isaac Johnson) grow into stars.


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