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Maybe start by scrimmaging better teams pre-season to gauge where the program is going. Other teams would be glad to help. Also maybe play better teams early on in the schedule.
Program going nowhere. Will have a good year this year but nothing behind the few good seniors. Zero goalies and no D left after seniors who got cut from their club teams and came back for senior year. The few good underclassmen they have coming up leaving for privates next year. They will go from heroes to zeros in one year. They will do very well in their league play and make a few rounds in the states but will lose if they have to play anyone talented. They are also very tiny so will not fare well against physical teams. Anyone with size on that team is horrible and can't skate so is a non-factor in the physical game.
Coaching staff is a complete joke. Totally not in tune with high school hockey landscape. He literally could not tell you the good teams or players in the area. This is the one year this clown has a really good team and he is wasting it against subpar talent. He is completely depleted next year so he has missed his window I'm actually making a run at a title. Previous poster is right on as to why good players would stay in this program. Every year they lose good players because of stuff like this.
This is what happens when you let your AD also coach. It's all about which parents kiss up to him to get the kids on the team, funding his suburban league (which is crappy at best), kickbacks he gets from telling his players to play for Express, and keeping his drinking buddies on the bench with him.
Walpole would be a powerhouse year-over-year if they brought in an actual hockey guy to run the program.
My kid plays on this team. Sadly I have to agree. Joke of a program. Coach is a total clown. Good team this year so hopefully they go far but none of us who have been around this guy for a while believes in him. Wish we played tougher competition to see how good we really are.
What do the Boosters say? As parents the thing to do would be step up the money raising and step up the expectations and let the AD know what the expectations are. As the old saying goes, 'money talks and B.S. walks.'
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Oh wait, Walpole.....
Why not chat with the coach and have him schedule a few scrimmages against some of the south shore publics? Hingham, Duxbury, Braintree and see how it goes?