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Macchi steps down as MHS Softball Coach

It was a fitting ending, but not one Brian Macchi expected. After winning his second straight Division 1 state championship, the Scarlet Hawks softball coach will step down to become the new assistant principal at Milford High School.
"I told the girls recently and it was an emotional conversation," he said. "Obviously, we have great players that care about the program and I've build relationships with them. It was a difficult conversation to have, but in the long run they understand this was a chance to progress my career."
Macchi has been teaching at the middle school level while leading the Milford High School program over the past eight seasons. During that time, he's piled up a record of 168-22 and captured five league titles, four district titles, and back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013. A standout baseball player at MHS and then for four years at Boston College, Macchi never saw softball in his future even after completing his baseball career.
"Coaching softball never entered into the equation until Jen Finley, the head coach at Boston College, asked me if I'd be a volunteer assistant," he said, "I worked with the outfielders and the hitters and that got me into it."
Macchi worked with the BC program and also coached a couple of seasons of summer ball before taking over the Milford High program.
"I fell in love with the game, especially the pace of the game," he said. "It's a little bit faster than baseball, so you have less time to make decisions."
Macchi's decision to become an administrator meant having to step away from the softball diamond during the school year. He will continue to serve as the manager of the Milford Legion baseball team.
"Having to give up softball was an unfortunate byproduct and, in the big picture, probably the most difficult piece of the decision," he said. "I've coached some wonderful student athletes and now I will be a part of their lives in a different capacity, seeing them progress in the classroom."
Macchi's final responsibility as the softball coach will be the 2013 team banquet on August 19. He said he is going to assist MHS Athletic Director Rich Piergustavo in finding his successor. Macchi said the past two championship seasons were the obvious highlights of his eight-year run, but he said raising the bar of expectation for the program is his greatest point of pride.
"The atmosphere we were able to create was something special," he said. "The girls bought in from day one through the final out and they came to work in practice and games. I enjoyed being a part of it. They just wanted to get better on the field each and every day and, for me, that is a rewarding and satisfying feeling."




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