Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LaRoche to Coach Fisher College Women's Hoops

Maureen LaRoche has officially been hired as the next women's basketball head coach at Fisher College in Boston. She has already began practice with her new team in preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 college basketball season. Fisher is a Division II NAIA program that went 8-16 last season.

LaRoche coached the Manchester Memorial High girls basketball team for the past two seasons. Her Crusader squads made the Division I tournament both years. They went 11-7 during the regular season last year, despite having just one senior on the roster. She met with her Memorial girls team earlier on Wednesday night to inform them of her decision.

"I am very grateful to the NHIAA, my A.D. Jack Quirk, the administration and most importantly my Memorial players for an incredible opportunity to coach such a historic program" Coach LaRoche told the NH Notebook. "In addition I would like to give a special thank you to Scott Hazelton and all of the Lady Rivals players for their important part in my growth as a coach."

In addition to coaching alongside Hazelton with the Rivals Basketball Club, LaRoche previously coached on the AAU Circuit with the NE Crusaders. With the Rivals and Crusaders, LaRoche coached in some of the biggest AAU tourneys in the country. She coached many of the top girls players from all around New England. Fisher will be her second college coaching job, as LaRoche served as head coach at Massachusetts Bay Community College in 2010. This past summer she was offered a part-time assistant coaching postion at Division II Caldwell College in NJ but turned it down.

"I was offered the position at Fisher three weeks ago" said Coach LaRoche. "It was a tough decision but what they offered me is too hard to walk away from."

LaRoche is known for her energy and enthusiasm on the sidelines. She keeps a positive attitude and encourages her players but is also stern and tough when she needs to be. She stresses discipline and defense. LaRoche is also known for being a mentor for her players off the court as well as coaching them on it.

Memorial was being pegged as one of the favorites in D-I girls basketball this winter, but now has to scramble to find a new coach with practices set to begin less than a month from now. Whoever the new coach is will inherit a solid core of returning players, including all-state senior forward Makenah Grisson, senior wing Jessica Sweetser and junior guard Abbey Morrison Grisson and Sweetser are both 4-year varsity players, Grisson enters the season just 134 points shy of 1,000 for her career and Morrison is one of the most improved players in the state. However, the team will be without sophomore Jenoyce Laniyan, an emerging forward who is now attending Bedford High.

LaRoche is the latest coach to go from the NHIAA to the college ranks. Last month former Merrimack High coach Kindyll Dorsey was named an assistant coach at Holy Cross.

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