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Friday, February 1, 2013
Andover's McVeigh confirms girls lax resignation

By Brendan Hall

In a mass email to the Boston area media tonight, John McVeigh confirmed his resignation as head girls' lacrosse coach at Andover High, retroactive to November.

McVeigh cited increasing amounts of work load and family commitments, outside the girls' lacrosse world, for his departure from the program. McVeigh is also the head boys' basketball coach at the North Andover-based Brooks School, which competes in the ISL; when Brooks' season is done, he can be spotted on the sideline helping out his father, long-time North Andover head boys basketball coach Mike McVeigh.

Under John McVeigh, the Golden Warriors have been one of the state's true powerhouses the last few years, producing All-Americans such as Ally Fazio and twins Anne and Kate Farnham. Andover went 20-4 last spring, falling to Lincoln-Sudbury in the Division 1 North Final.

Andover High is currently interviewing candidates to replace McVeigh. A new coach has not been named yet.

McVeigh released a statement to the area media regarding his departure, which is copied below:



I absolutely loved coaching at AHS. I had the chance to be there as an assistant coach on the first ever night of practice as a varsity team in 2001 (back when the head coach was new Boston University men's head coach Ryan Polley) and am very proud of how the program has grown over the past twelve years. Back then, we started off roaming the halls of AHS looking for kids who might be athletic or girls who had been cut from another spring sport to see if they would be willing to try lacrosse… and eventually AHS developed into one of the more successful programs in the state thanks to the girls' hard work and dedication. In my eight years as the varsity coach, we had some good success on the field and more importantly, the kids on the Andover team were even better people than they were players. They were a lot of fun to coach and I'm lucky to have had the chance to work with such great kids.

Leaving this position is not easy. During my time coaching at Andover, though, a lot has changed in my life off the field: When I was started there, I was single, teaching science at AHS, and had a ton of free time. I now work at a different school, have a wife and two young kids, and coach varsity basketball all winter. In the past two years, my job at Brooks has changed to include significantly more travel and work outside of the normal work day and a good amount of it happens in the spring. All combined, it was just not sustainable, especially if I wanted to be the kind of father that I want to be to Jack and Kelly. The schedules simply didn't work together. I missed too many things last spring and it was just the right time for this move. Coaching one varsity sport is enough for me right now. The single hardest part is leaving this coming year's AHS team: it's a fantastic group of kids and players and whoever gets to coach them will be very lucky. I'll miss it tremendously but I'm also sure it's the right decision for me at this point.

I'm sure I'll be back on the lacrosse sidelines at some point down the road, even if it's just coaching Kelly's youth team. I'm thankful to all our former players, coaches, parents, and all the folks at Andover HS that made it so enjoyable and appreciate all of the coverage that our team and players have received over the years from you folks. It's been a great ride and I'll definitely miss it.