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By William Wassersug
Over the past several years, the Hanover boys lacrosse team had itself a more than impressive run of success, led by head coach Paul Zaylor.
But Zaylor, who will be missed, left after last season for personal reasons and there will be a new look for the new season as Hanover welcomes Shawn Tierney as the new head coach.
Tierney has a good working knowledge of the Hanover program for a couple of reasons.
“Last year I was the JV coach,” he said while heading to cheer on the boys basketball team recently. “We had a great season, a lot of talented kids. Hopefully I’ll have some up on the varsity team. We have a very talented group of kids here. I’m really excited to get back to work in March.”
The other reason is growing up and playing for an old rival, Norwell.
“I’m originally from Norwell, so it’s a little weird that I’m crossing the lines over here to coach at Hanover.” Tierney said. “I was a four year starter at Norwell. I graduated in 2013. We lost in the State Championship game in my freshman year in 2010. That’s what I’m here to do now, get myself one of those things.”
After Norwell, Tierney played four years of Division 3 college lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State, but has been learning the coaching ropes longer than that.
“I’ve been coaching since I was 16, both with town and club programs,” Tierney said. “I’m really excited to get my shot at the varsity level.”
Tierney knows he has a special opportunity.
“They have so much talent in every sport, especially on the lacrosse field,” he said. “The toughest part for me is that I have to wait two months to March 18 to get going.”
On the field, Tierney is planning on picking up the pace.
While he was heading to a basketball game, Tierney was looking at the giant posters of championship teams in the lobby and the challenge that goes with it.
“There’s pressure,” he said with smile. “I’m not saying it’s going to be a first year thing, but we have some talent and I’m planning on using everything I’ve got.”
On the field, Tierney wants to speed things up.
“We’re going to have much more of a fast paced style,” he said. “We’ll be a run and gun transition team. I intend on speeding things up, kids running all over the place. We’ll have a much faster pace.”