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I just returned from a family vacation and had a voice mail from Coach Macchione of Washington Township that he and his son Chris had resigned. This comes on the heels of 2 days prior to my vacation, I was the guest speaker at the banquet for Washington Township hockey club, where my speech was centered around the job Coach Macchione and Chris had done over the last four years, 64-11-6, one championship. I spoke about the courage it took by Coach Macchione to suspend the second leading scorer for conduct detrimental to his team and thus hurting his clubs chances in the playoffs. I don’t pretend to know the intricacies of running a youth hockey club, but I would think that besides wins and losses, also important is the development of the players as young men.

Coach Macchione had heard the rumblings from some board members that have players on the team, concerning ice time and having a third coach on the bench. And instead of the formality of having Coach Macchione return, he was asked to interview for the post he had held for the past four years. And with his fate already decided by the board, he decided to step down, instead of being humiliated. Again showing courage in sticking to what he believes and not letting others with little or no coaching experience, make the decisions that decide who plays and who doesn’t. I spoke with club president Ed Sarin, and while he respected Coach Macchione’s position, Sarin felt that having a third coach on the bench was not negotiable.

Presently the club is still interviewing and no replacement has been named, reportedly the former coach of Timber Creek has interviewed along with some internal candidates. In a perfect world, the club and the coach could work this out, but then again, who said this was a perfect world??

Written by Mike Costantino

Posted in: Washington Twp
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