Foxboro High athletic director Joe Cusack announced last week that former Warriors standout Mary Beth Sweeney has been hired as the new girls lacrosse coach. Sweeney will replace Brittany Sherry, who coached Foxboro for eight seasons, winning the league championship each year, and last year led the Warriors to their first sectional title.
Sweeney was a freshman during Sherry’s first season in charge and as a sophomore in 2013 was named the first HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year for girls lacrosse. She played four years at Southern New Hampshire University, graduating last spring, and this is her first varsity coaching experience.
“I didn’t even think of it,” said Sweeney about jumping onto the sidelines so soon after college, “but the coaching job came up and I thought this is an opportunity I have to take, I’ll regret it if I don’t.”
While this will be her first high school coaching experience, Sweeney did help out with the club program Gold Star Lacrosse over the summer. Gold Star Lacrosse is run by Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino and the staff also includes current King Philip coach Kourtnie Wilder and former North Attleboro and Sharon coach Colleen Manning.
“I loved it, loved the girls, and everything,” Sweeney explained. “Then I found out the Foxboro position was hiring and I thought it was perfect timing. I just graduated, I know I’m young, but I feel like I can use that as an advantage, so I applied. I’m psyched.”
The Warriors graduated several key pieces from last year’s Central/East title-winning team, including two-time MVP Sophia DiCenso, but there was a strong core of players returning for Sweeney to work with.
She said, “I think it’s perfect timing. They graduated a bunch of talented, talented players but there’s still talented players who could easily take over those spots and it’s how they work together as a team that will matter in the long run.”
Sweeney is also excited to be taking over for her former high school coach, who helped turn the Warriors into a perennial power. “I think it’s kind of an honor,” she said. “I just hope to live up to her legacy.”
Sherry added, “I have always said Mary Beth’s class was my favorite class. She was my first group of freshmen when I started in Foxboro, one of my captains her senior year, one of my most passionate players, and her group of four graduating seniors really paved the way for the program and its success! There was never a dull moment with MB and her love for the game and desire to succeed was always my favorite thing about her!”
The duo will be able to see each other on the sidelines this spring, as the same day that Sweeney was announced as the new coach in Foxboro, Sherry was announced as the new coach at Mansfield. They are both looking forward to squaring off this season.
Sweeney is proud of how far the program has come over the past decade and is looking forward to continuing that progress.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s crazy. I have an older sister and she played at Foxboro High too and from what it’s been even from her year to my year was crazy and from my year to now it’s just keeps getting better and better and better.”