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Archbishop Wood’s Aquilino takes head coaching job for Abington girls

Thursday, 8th July 2010

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 7/8/10

Chris Aquilino, who took Archbishop Wood to the Catholic League finals each of the past six years, has been named head girls’ lacrosse coach at Abington.

Aquilino replaces Julie Martinez, who recently resigned for personal reasons after 10 years as head coach.

Aquilino had built Wood into a league power despite not having a feeder program and without many girls that play club lacrosse. Still, his teams went 62-17 the past four years. In each of the six years his teams made the finals, the Vikings fell to Archbishop Carroll.

At Abington, Aquilino takes over a program that has shared or won the Suburban One National Conference title each of the past four years. Interestingly, Aquilino’s daughter, Alisha, is a 2009 Abington graduate and was a scholastic All-American goaltender who now plays at St. Joseph’s University.

Aquilino started the program at Archbishop Wood nine years ago. The Vikings played one season of club lacrosse and missed the playoffs the next year by one game. The following year the Vikes made the quarterfinals and every year since they have reached the finals.

Aquilino formerly coached youth lacrosse with the Abington Lacrosse Club.

Although Aquilino was pleased to take over at Abington, he had only the best of thoughts on his time at Archbishop Wood and thanked his assistant coaches, John Duca, Veronica Michalski and AJ Ahrens, for their hard work.

“I’m happy where the program (at Wood) is and I am sorry I couldn’t be there to finish what I started,” said Aquilino, whose goal was a Catholic League championship. “The parents and players at Wood were great and I was very fortunate to be there.

“They have great coaches and they won’t miss a beat. I am leaving the best team we’ve had going into next year. I am proud and happy.”

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