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North Andover promotes Pinksten to head coach

August, 1, 2013
North Andover High Athletic Director Jon Longley announced this afternoon the promotion of Megan Pinksten to head coach of the girls basketball program.

Pinksten has been the JV coach the last two seasons for the Scarlet Knights, who this past season reached the MIAA Division 2 North Final for the first time in three decades. She takes over for Sue Breen, who stepped down as varsity head coach at the end of the season.

Here is the official release from the athletic department:

We are excited to announce the hiring of Megan Pinksten as our new Girls Basketball Coach at North Andover High School. Coach Pinksten has been our JV Girls Basketball Coach for the past two seasons. Megan also served as an assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Andover High School from 2007-2011. Megan graduated from Andover High School in 2002 and went on to play college basketball at Assumption College in Worcester where she Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006. Megan recieved her Masters Degree in Education from Boston University in 2007.

Megan is a dynamic leader who is determined and committed to the development of student athletes. Megan is a person who is passionate about her role as an educator/coach and is leader within the athletic department as well as the school community at large. We are looking forward to a very bright future in Girls Basketball at North Andover High under the direction of Coach Pinksten.

Ms Pinksten has been employed as a Guidance Counselor at North Andover High School since 2007 and also serves as the JV Coach for the Girls Volleyball program.

Tanglis: 'Absolutely thrilled' to return to NA

May, 28, 2013
North Andover announced last Friday that they hired alum Paul Tanglis as the new head coach of the Scarlet Knights boys’ basketball team. Tanglis will succeed longtime North Andover coach Mike McVeigh, who led the team to 497 victories over the course of 31 years. Tanglis, a 2000 graduate of NA, was the head coach at Stoneham for the last three years following a three-year stint as associate head coach at Medford. He inherits a team coming off a 19-5 season and a Merrimack Valley Conference championship in its first year in the league.

Tanglis sat down for an interview with following his hire to discuss his hire, and the program's future.

Q: What was your initial reaction on getting the head job at your old high school?
A: "I got the call from the A.D., John Longley, and I was absolutely thrilled. As a coach, to come back where you grew up, where you played, and to have your coaching career come full circle back to where it all began for you is something special. It was a very proud moment and I was honored because there were a lot of good candidates. I’m thrilled with the opportunity."

Q: Have you had a chance to communicate at all with the players who will be coming back this year?
"I really don’t know too much, I’m just really excited to get to know all the kids and start building relationships with them. As far as who and what, that’s something that will come with getting to know these guys over the summer and seeing them play in the fall. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and getting started."

Q: You’re succeeding your own high school coach, Mike McVeigh. What does that mean to you?
"It’s a great honor. Obviously I played for coach, I had him in the classroom, I had a chance to coach with him for a year. To be able to continue the tradition at North Andover really means a lot to me. Coach has always been a big part of my basketball life."

Q: What are some short term and long term goals for the development of your program?
"Short-term, it’s just getting to know the kids, building relationships with them, and kind of getting the feel for what type of program we’re going to be. Long-term, we’re in a very competitive league, you want to stay competitive in the Merrimack Valley Large and obviously you want to put yourself in position to make the tournament and keep making runs in the tournament. North Andover as a whole has all those ingredients that you’d want to have a successful program. Obviously there’s been a lot of success in the past, I just want to continue that success and then take it to the next level."

Q: What are some of your defensive principles, and views on style of play?
"Defense has always been a big part of what we do, the success we had was pretty much predicated on the play we play defense. If we play defense, rebound, take care of the ball -- we’ll give ourselves a chance to win. I’m going to be looking to play an up-tempo style, but I’ll see what we have in terms of player personnel."

Q: The MVC was a buzzsaw this past year, how do you prepare for such challenging games every single night?
"Great teams from top to bottom. Night in and night out, as a coach, you need to make sure your team is prepared and as a program you have to realize that there are no nights off. The league will make us better and when we do get into the tournament, playing Central, Lawrence, Andover, and teams like that twice during the year is only going to help us get better and make a run in the playoffs."

North Andover announces soccer hirings

April, 20, 2013
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.

North Andover's Lumb commits to Hartford

August, 11, 2012
North Andover High senior guard Morgan Lumb has verbally committed to the University of Hartford for the 2013-14 season, the Scarlet Knights' Athletic Director Jon Longley wrote in a tweet to the Boston-area media earlier tonight.

Lumb is a three-year starter for the Knights, who reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2 North tournament this past winter. She averaged 16 points per game last season, and is a two-time Cape Ann League All-Star.

The Knights are moving into the Merrimack Valley Conference this season, where they are expected to contend in loaded league that should be one of the state's fiercest, between Andover, Central Catholic and Billerica.