Five Hockomock Coaches Recognized by MIAA


Franklin’s Tom Geysen was named the MIAA Coach of the Year for Girls Soccer. (Josh Perry/
By Staff
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced its Coach of the Year award winners for the 2014-2015 school year and five coaches from Hockomock schools were honored. These five, along with all of the other winners, will the be honored at the MIAA Coach of the Year banquet at the end of May.
The five Hockomock coaches that received the honor were Franklin’s Fran Bositis for boys soccer, Franklin’s Tom Geysen for girls soccer, Franklin’s Chris Spillane for boys ice hockey, Milford’s Dave Chaplin for boys swimming and Milford’s Linda Zacchilli for boys volleyball.
Spillane and the Franklin boys hockey team had arguably the best season of all Hockomock teams so far this year. The Panthers were selected to play in a Super 8 play-in game for the first time in program history and were the first Hockomock team to do so. Franklin then beat Xaverian in overtime in the play-in game to make it to the Super 8 tournament. Spillane led the Panthers to a 17-4-3 overall record with three of their losses coming to the three time defending Super 8 champions, Malden Catholic.
Bositis and the Panthers boys soccer team enjoyed another successful Fall season, winning their fourth straight Kelley-Rex title, going 12-1-3 in league play, 13-2-5 and advancing to the D1 South Quarterfinals before bowing out on penalty kicks. Impressively, Bositis’ squad allowed just seven goals all season, just 0.35 allowed per game which was easily the best in the Hockomock and one of the best in the entire state.
Geysen and his girls soccer team also enjoyed another successful Fall as they clinched their fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title and are still the only girls team to win the division since the split started in 2010. Geysen guided the Panthers to their third straight D1 South Sectional Final, where they bowed out to Whitman-Hanson in double overtime. Geysen’s team went undefeated in league play at 13-0-3 and their only loss came in the sectional finals to finish the season 17-1-3.
Milford also picked up two winners, with Chaplin guiding the boys swim team to a perfect 5-0 league record and the program’s second straight Hockomock Davenport Division title. Besides sweeping the Davenport, Chaplin’s team also picked up wins against Kelley-Rex teams Attleboro, North Attleboro and Mansfield. At the 2015 MIAA Central/South Boys Swimming and Diving Sectionals, Milford placed 18th overall with sophomore Nicholas Antonellis grabbing a pair of sixth place finishes.
Although not technically in the Hockomock League, Milford boys volleyball coach Linda Zacchilli was selected as the Coach of the Year for the sport. Zacchilli, who is in her 26th year at the helm, guided the Scarlet Hawks to a 16-4 regular season record last year and has the Scarlet Hawks off to a 9-4 start so far this year. The Scarlet Hawks made back to back appearances in the MIAA State Finals in 2012 and 2013.
For a full list of MIAA Coach of the Year award winners, click here.
Ryan Lanigan
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