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Saturday, April 20, 2013
North Andover announces soccer hirings

By Brendan Hall

North Andover Athletic Director Jon Longley announced this morning the hiring of its new varsity soccer coaches. Lisa Rasanen takes over the girls program, while Kyle Wood takes over the boys.

Rasanen is a graduate of North Andover High School and Merrimack College, and was inducted into the Johnson-North Andover High School Hall of Fame in 2012. At Merrimack, Rasanen was a four-year starter and two-time All-American, two time Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, and four-time All-Conference selection. Currently, Rasanen is a math teacher at North Andover, and had been the JV coach since 2001.

Wood graduated from Westfield State College in 1997, and was a goaltender for two seasons. Wood was the varsity girls soccer coach at Northbridge High from 1998-2000 and has been the freshman boys soccer coach at North Andover since 2001. Wood is a wellness teacher at North Andover Middle School.