Former assistant Merrimack hockey coach Louis Finocchiaro announced his retirement from coaching at Austin Prep on Thursday.
Finocchiaro is one of the most-winningest coaches in Massachusetts high school hockey. Overall, including when he coached at Saugus High School prior to joining the Merrimack staff, Finocchiaro has a record of 265-94-60. In 14 seasons at Austin Prep, Finocchiaro has a record of 203-75-50, including a 17-4-3 record this past season.
“I have thought long and hard about this,” Finocchiaro told his players during a special meeting at the school, according to The Boston Herald. “But it’s the right time. It’s very hard for me personally – I love coaching and I love hockey – it was a very difficult decision.”
Finocchiaro coached at Merrimack from 1999-02 under former head coach Chris Serino. Finocchiaro played for Serino at Saugus High in the 1980s, and is still the all-time leading scorer with the program.
In 2016, Finocchiaro was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Finocchiaro’s son, Louis, is a senior at Austin Prep and played for his father on the hockey team. He’ll graduate from the school next week.
“On behalf of the entire Austin Prep community, I would like to thank (Finocchiaro) for his many years of service to our school,” said athletic director Jonathan Pollard in a statement. “The impact he has had on our hockey program and the generations of student-athletes he has coached is simply immeasurable.”