CUMBERLAND â Dan OâBrien has several memories of retired Cumberland High swim coach Bruce Calvert.
His first three years for the Clippers, OâBrien recalled a person that was not only dedicated to his craft, but a person that knew how to motivate with his unique style of dealing with student-athletes.
âYou could go out and drop ten seconds and he would still have something to tell you that would improve it,â he said. âI guess some people would say that he had a negative outlook on your swim, but in a way it motivated us to try harder and drop our times more.â
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High coach Craig Giarrusso admits his biggest challenge during preseason practice sessions has been to develop a replacement for four-year starting pitcher (and slugger) Micayla Kirylo.
âIn this sport, pitching is obviously the big key,â Giarrusso admits. âWe have two pitchers we are working with this spring â sophomore Olivia Larson and junior Alex Lacoste. I have a lot of faith in Olivia that she can take over for Micayla and do a good job.â
At what point in Tiger Woodsâs golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like heâs still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.
The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.
Might Ed Cooleyâs standing as the Friarsâ new head coach rekindle the sparks with high school prospect and fellow Providence native Ricky Ledo? Time will tell says Ryan Hurd, Ledoâs head coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass.
PROVIDENCE â One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâs biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
âHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâs basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. âHeâs an amazing, amazing man.â
PROVIDENCE â There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâs next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâs not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.