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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bellingham names Evans boys' basketball coach


Rob Evans, who has served Bellingham High as girls' varsity basketball coach and boys' basketball assistant over the past 10 years, has been chosen to replace the late Barry Hutchinson as the Blackhawks' varsity boys basketball coach.

"He's been here for 10 years and we feel very confident and comfortable with him," said Bellingham athletic director Dennis Baker. "It will be a tough transition, but it will be an easier transition with Rob. We conducted our search, Rob was the best choice, and 'Hutch' would have wanted it this way."

Hutchinson, 47, whose eight-year run as Blackhawks' coach was highlighted by a run to the Division 3 state title in 2003, died on July 20 of a heart attack.

"I am excited about coaching, but both as a program and a community, we're dealing with the loss of a good friend," said Evans. "It's a delicate balance. We want to continue what Barry did as a coach and do it well."

The 41-year-old Evans, who played varsity basketball for Dave Gibbs at Medfield High, is currently a physical education teacher at the Bellingham Middle School.

He guided the Littleton, N.H. boys' varsity basketball program for five seasons, has had two stints as the Bellingham girls' varsity coach (1998-2000 and 2005-2006) and also directed the Bellingham boys' freshman program for three years.

"He has a great knowledge of game, he's come up through the ranks here and he can't wait to get going," said Baker.

To replace Evans as girls' varsity coach, Bellingham has selected Franklin's Mike Mason, who has assisted Herb Grace with the Medfield boys' basketball program for the past 15 years. Mason is also currently the Medfield High field hockey coach and the Franklin High junior varsity baseball coach. The 42-year-old Mason is a Marian High graduate.

Baker also announced that the annual Christmas boys basketball tournament scheduled for Dec. 28-29 has been renamed the Barry Hutchinson Memorial Tournament. This year's tournament features Arlington Catholic, Blackstone-Millville, Walpole and Bellingham.

-- Craig Larson

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