Blue the area’s top spring coach

Monitor staff
Published: 6/16/2017 10:17:59 AM

As the Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team grew toward becoming a champion, so did Deacon Blue in his young coaching career.

In his fourth year with the team, Blue led the Hawks to a perfect 17-0 season and Division III title. A 2007 graduate of Hopkinton, Blue played college lacrosse at McGill in Montreal and began coaching when he returned.

Blue was a freshman when Doug Maynard helped kick-start a varsity lacrosse program in Hopkinton. Maynard brought Blue back into the lacrosse community when Blue returned from college and began coaching the U15 team. When Maynard died suddenly at the age of 65 in 2013 after leading Hopkinton to the state title game, Blue became the new head coach of the Hawks.

“I tried my best to carry that success and bring in some of my own knowledge from Canada and keep evolving in the division,” Blue said.

The success was sustained as Hopkinton kept knocking on the door of the championship game but stalled in the finals. This spring, as the players he coached in U15 became seniors, Blue and the Hawks torched D-III – outscoring opponents by nearly 200 goals, 261-67 – and beat Kearsarge for their first state title since 2011.

“This is the fifth year we’ve all been together with the juniors, seniors and (assistant) Coach Mike Quiet,” Blue said. “We’ve been working on the same system all the while. There’s definitely good chemistry. (The players) have been playing together long before I got there.”

His players will say Blue brings a “laid-back” attitude to coaching, but not one that allows for goofing around. There’s always work to do, but a team can have fun and still win.

This year, it proved to be a winning formula.

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