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Chuck Allen named boys hockey coach at Norwood
Jim Clark Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Chuck Allen, a veteran of Eastern Mass. boys hockey for more than a decade, has been named boys hockey coach at Norwood.
Mustangs athletic director Jon Longley announced in a press release Tuesday the hiring of Allen to replace longtime coach Bill Clifford, who retired following the 2015-16 season.
"Chuck believes strongly in community service and sportsmanship, as his teams have been recognized by the MIAA by winning the James F. Mulloy Team Sportsmanship Award on four different occasions," Longley said in the release.
Allen spent the last 1 1/2 seasons at Bishop Fenwick, where he led the Crusaders to their first-ever Division 1 North tournament berth last season. Allen replaced Dan Lynch in January 2015, originally on an interim basis, and led Fenwick to a 4-6-3 record to close the 2014-15 season. Allen officially was named coach in February 2015 and last season, the Crusaders went 9-10-2 and reached the first round in Div. 1 North, falling to Chelmsford.
Previously Allen coached five seasons at Medford, where he went 61-39-12 overall from 2005-09 and led the Mustangs to a pair of Super Eight tournament berths, including a 17-0-4 regular season in 2005-06. Allen then moved on to Somerville for five seasons from 2010-14. Overall, Allen's career record is 116-106-26 spanning the last 12 seasons.
Clifford spent 27 seasons with the Norwood program, including the last 14 as head coach. Clifford's career record was 144-118-37, including a trip to the Division 1 South final in 2005-06 and four Bay State Conference Herget Division titles. Norwood is coming off an 0-19-1 season in 2015-16.
0-19-1? Wow, those kids all deserve a trophy.
Baystate Conference hockey is synonomous with quality hockey.