Former Merrimack Assistant Louis Finocchiaro Retires at Austin Prep
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.”