MTFOA updates

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President's message

posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:31 AM by Paul Williams

Please remember that dues of $73.00 are due by Oct. 1.  From the June membership meeting we introduce a new Secretary/ Treasurer, Don Kirkland III.  I would like to personally thank Don Kirkland II for his "above and beyond" work ethic, and for establishing an easy transition for his son.  We are happy that Don Kirkland II is staying on as Asst. Treasurer for the association.
If mailing dues, please send them to Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15 North Salem NH 03073.

The October General Membership meeting has historically had long lines, as people pay dues, and buy apparel.  We will start the meeting at 7pm, but both Don Kirkland III and Fred Doyle will be available early, before the meeting for any necessary items.  The new apparel will be displayed on our website for you to preview before the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you on Oct. 5 at 7pm at the Reggie Lewis Center.
  1. Winter Availability Sheet (see link below) Is also on the web-page.  Completed Availability Sheets will be MOST welcome at the Oct 5 meeting or send to Mike Meagher via email CoachMeagher@yahoo.comor US Mail.  
  1.  If you are a commissioner/assignor for any of the high school seasons this school year, 2017-2018, please email Mike Meagher for the necessary background check information of officials.  It is imperative that we are only assigning officials to high school meets that have passed the background check policy as implemented by the MIAA.  Mike’s email is  
  1.  Reminder: It is time to pay your dues. Dues are $73.00 Avoid the line completely by paying in advance by mail to: Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15 North Salem NH 03073.  Speed up the process by writing your check in advance made payable to MTFOA. If you need a receipt, pay by check.
  1. APPAREL: To avoid lines at our upcoming membership meeting, Fred Doyle is reminding everyone that they can order apparel by phone anytime., phone is 617-894-1741. If you intend to make a purchase of apparel, please also bring a second checkfor that.
  1. If there are any changes in your personal information: address, phone number, email address, both for accuracy and to speed up the process, please write out your changes in advance and submit to Don Kirkland III. Remember to include your name with your information. The importance of accurate contact information for members cannot be over emphasized. Please keep your Secretary-Treasurer informed.

Arrangements listed for BU's Bruce Lehane

posted Sep 27, 2017, 2:48 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 2:48 PM ]

For all interested Bruce Lehane's wake will be on Saturday, September 30 from 1:00-5:00 pm with 5:00-5:30 prayer at:
RBTJLawler & Crosby Funeral Home
1803 CENTRE Street
West Roxbury, MA 02142

In lieu of flowers Lesley and family request you donate in Bruce's name to:
BU Friends of Track & Field and Cross Country
285 Babcock Street
Boston, MA 02215

Bruce P. Lehane, 68, died peacefully at home in Roslindale Massachusetts on Saturday, September 23, 2017 surrounded by his family, after a long and difficult battle with ALS. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Lesley, and by his three sons: Blaize, Elliot, and Aidan. He is also survived by his loving sister, Lori, and her husband Albert Nalbandian; his sister in-law and her husband, Lisa and Mike Brady; and nephews Miles and Ryan Brady. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Sis Wiley Lehane, father Patrick Wallace, and older brother Donald.

Bruce was born and raised in South Boston. A middle-distance track and field runner at Boston State College, he set school records in the 800 meters and mile. In his junior and senior years, he earned All-American honors. Bruce was coached there by the renowned Bill Squires, who inspired Bruce to coach on a collegiate level. Years later Bruce and Squires co-authored Speed With Endurance.
After graduating from Boston State with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education in 1970, Bruce continued his education, earning a Master’s degree in reading and language at the University of Lowell in 1978.

Bruce was the quintessential coach: accomplished, soft-spoken, and as knowledgeable as he was humble. In his 35 years of coaching cross country and track and field at Boston University, Bruce was named America East Coach of the Year 19 times. His teams won 17 conference championships. His athletes included 50 Division I All-Americans. While Bruce was renown for his coaching at Boston University, his influence was broader. In 2013 he was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame. His athletes live all over the world and returned to visit Bruce regularly.

This past February Boston University honored Bruce by naming its Scarlet and White Invitational Track Meet after him. The meet is now known as the Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational. At the renaming ceremony, Bruce described Boston University as “an inspiring environment.” He deflected praise about himself, recognizing his athletes instead. “Any accolades I’ve had tossed my way is on the strength of what others did,” he said, adding “I’m…. basking in the achievement of others.”

He believed in everyone, recreational runner to world champion. An astute listener, he put the person before the athlete. Runners came to him with any concern, knowing Bruce would give wise counsel about anything from school to relationships. Everyone got his best attention.

Always thinking of others, Bruce rarely spoke about himself. He was dedicated to his family in addition to not only athletes but also the other coaches and staff at Boston University. He was passionate about his hobbies: playing the guitar and writing. In addition to Speed With Endurance, he wrote a book about his childhood in Southie. A man of a strong faith, he was grateful to others. His final words at the Scarlett and White renaming ceremony were “I cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to those wonderful people and to God.”
This November he will be inducted into the B.U. Hall of Fame.

Geoff Hennessy's daughter passes

posted Sep 27, 2017, 2:46 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 2:46 PM ]

MTFOA official and long-time coach Geoff Hennessy's daughter has passed unexpectedly. Arrangements are:

New apparel director named; long sleeve polo available

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:05 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

Don Kirkland III has relinquished his duties as Apparel Director to Fred Doyle. Fred has more than 30 years experience in the sports and fitness business with both Nike and Saucony, and is eager to help provide your uniform needs. If you have any specific requests feel free to send them along to Fred. Please contact him directly for all your apparel needs. 

He will also sell the MTFOA apparel at every membership meeting from 6:00-9:00. His email is; phone is 617-894-1741; and address is 40 Thorndike Ln, Tewksbury, MA 01876. 

Fred wants to let the membership know that we will offer a Long Sleeve Polo.

Long Sleeve Polo $35
Available in Mens (S-XXXL) & Womens (S-XXL) sizes
5 Ounce Polyester/Cotton Silk Touch fabric
Flat knit collar and cuffs
3 Button reverse placket
Soft, supple, and easy to care for

General meeting schedule announced

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:00 PM by Paul Williams

The General Membership meeting schedule for this school year is:
Thursday Oct. 5th       Meeting
Wednesday Dec. 6     Meeting- Clinic
Thursday March 1      Meeting-Clinic
Annual Dinner            To be determined

Lifetime member Arthur O'Brien passes

posted Aug 28, 2017, 3:15 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 3:15 PM ]

MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of Lifetime Member Arthur O'Brien. As a valued official, Arthur could always be counted on to give his very best to every officiating assignment. Our condolences are offered to his Family and Friends. See link for arrangements

Time to register with MIAA via ArbiterSports

posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

Dear Game Officials
Thank you for once again participating during the 2016-17 school year with our 225,000 student-athletes who competed in MIAA interscholastic sports.  Your collaboration with our member schools and leagues is valued.
We have set up registration for the 2017-18 school year as of July 1.  Now going into our third year, all officials will once again complete this process through the MIAA ArbiterSports page found or via the link on the MIAA homepage.

Information and instructions for both new and returning officials can be found on this main page.
Your support and professionalism for this important process is appreciated.   Thank you again for being an important part of the educational athletics expectations for student athletes.
With thanks,
Richard L. Pearson
Associate Director
Game Officials Liaison 

Chris Lane inducted into Bay State Games hall of fame

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:19 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

From left, Phil Gloudemans, Bay State Games Board Chair; Peter Leclerc, Bay State Games Director of Operation; Kevin Cummings, Bay State Games Executive Director; Chris Lane, Hall of Fame inductee; and David Blake, Hall of Fame Inductee-Fencing.

BOSTON – Veteran track and field volunteer Chris Lane, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau,  and longstanding fencing committee member David Blake were honored for their recent induction into the Bay State Games’ Hall of Fame during the Red Sox-Twins pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park on June 26.

The Bay State Games Hall of Fame was created to recognize past participants who have gone on to prestigious and successful athletic careers, as well as former and current coaches, officials, sports organizers, and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the organization throughout its 36-year history. Past inductees among the over 50 previous honorees include the NBA’s Dana Barros (`06) and the late Reggie Lewis (`02); the NHL’s Bill Guerin (`09); Major League Baseball’s Carlos Pena (`11) and Rich Hill (`13); and Winter Olympians Nancy Kerrigan (`07), and Bill Cleary (`14).

“Volunteers are the life blood of the Bay State Games, and our three, 2017 inductees are prime example of selflessness and an undying commitment to amateur athletics,” said Phil Gloudemans, board chair of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, which produces the annual summer and winter Bay State Games. “We deeply appreciate the time and effort that each person has expended on behalf of the organization and our participants.”

Chris Lane has logged more than 50 years as a track and field official and event manager at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has been involved with the Bay State Games Track program for over three decades as an official and event coordinator. He was a high school track All American and coached for 25 years at Boston College, Brandeis and M.I.T. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Lane was a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools for 43 years. His expertise and passion for secondary education led to his additional and ongoing volunteer involvement as a Bay State Games Scholarship program selection committee member for over 20 years. Lane remains active in athletic event administration as a member of the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee, and with DMSE Sports.

Thibodeau was named president of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Timberwolves in April 2016. Before joining the NBA’s coaching ranks, Thibodeau coached at Salem State University (1981-85) and Harvard (1985-89). While at SSU, he also served as a volunteer head coach of the Bay State Games Northeast Region Men’s Open Basketball team for two years.

He began his NBA career as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves (1989-91); San Antonio Spurs (1992-94); Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96); New York Knicks (1996-2003); and Houston Rockets (2003-07). Thibodeau served as associate head coach of the Boston Celtics (2007-10), and before returning to Minnesota, the New Britain, Conn. native was head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-15). He also served as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees in Counseling from Salem State University where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball.

David Blake has served as a key member of the Bay State Games Fencing Committee for nearly 20 years. The founder and owner of the Prise de Fer Fencing Club in North Billerica, he annually hosts the Bay State Games’ fencing competition. Blake captured two gold medals in the Games’ first fencing event.

He is an active member of the U. S. Fencing Association (USFA), serving as a member of the board of directors from 2008 to 2016, and as chair of the USFA New England Division, as well as the organization’s North Atlantic Section. Additionally, he is an internationally rated referee and a referee trainer. Blake has been involved with many local, regional, national and international fencing competitions, including the National Collegiate Championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. He’s coached the Concord Carlisle High School Fencing Team since 1999. 

MSTCA asks help on Reggie bills

posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM ]


Reggie Lewis Center House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 are ready to go to public hearing with a joint House & Senate Committee on Higher Education on June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILLS!
Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA is asking all letters to be mailed by this Friday.

You can also send emails. However, a good old-fashioned letter campaign gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

Any questions, contact Frank Mooney or Rick Kates. 

You can also write to the State Representatives and Senators who will hosting the public, open meeting at the State House on June 29 on the RLTAC Bill to create a Board of Directors. 
The members of the Joint Committee on High Education Committee are:
Senator Michael Moore-Chair Shrewsbury
Senator Eileen Donoghue Vice Chair First Middlesex

Senator Adam Hinds Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hamsphire
Senator Erick Lesser 1st hampsire, hampden
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives 1st Essex
Senator Richard Ross Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex
Rep. John Scibak Chair 2nd Hampshire
Rep. Sean Garballey Vice Chair 23rd Middlesex
Rep. Denise Provost 27th Middlesex
Rep. Aaron Vega Holoke
Rep. Rady Mom Lowell
Rep. Stephan Hay 3rd Worcester
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose 3rd Hampshire
Rep. Natalie Higgins 4th Worcester
Rep. Susannah Whipps 2nd Franklin
Rep. Timothy Whelan 1st Barnstable

President's post: New officers, dues

posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:00 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:01 PM ]

Presidents Message:

 As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you for your dedication to the sport and to the high school and collegiate student-athletes of Massachusetts.  Track and Field and XC have grown enormously over the past few years, with many more meets and opportunities for student athletes to display their talents.  We are a huge part of that growth, and our role is vital to future growth as well.

At the Spring Meeting/ Annual Dinner a new slate of officers was approved by the membership.  I would like to congratulate and look forward to working with:

President:  Peter Meagher

Vice President:  Steve Keyes

Secretary/ Treasurer:  Don Kirkland 3rd

A few things to consider for the summer:  Dues for the 2017/2018 year of $73.00 will be due October 1st.   Anyone sending in dues this summer  can send them to Don Kirkland 2nd at PO Box 372  Derry NH 03038.

With the new officers commencing their positions at the October General Membership Meeting, there will be a new address for the  Secretary/ Treasurer at that time.

 I hope you all enjoy your summer with family and friends.



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