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Weymouth softball coach trades places with his Abington successor

By Nick French
Globe Correspondent / February 5, 2009
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Steve Kingman was a coach without a team, one who built a very impressive resume in 25 seasons directing the girls' softball program at Abington High.

He expected to return for a 26th season this spring. After retiring as a special education teacher in June, he says he had a verbal agreement to return as coach. But early last fall, he was informed, in a phone call from athletic director Michael Del Grosso, that he would not be retained. Abington hired Kate Daley, previously the coach at Weymouth, as softball coach.

Kingman wasn't sure which direction he'd go until his longtime assistant, Marty French, persuaded him to apply for the Weymouth job, which was now vacant with Daley's departure.

"Marty joked about Weymouth, but I didn't give it much thought at first," said Kingman, who guided the Green Wave to 360 wins, 12 South Shore League titles and sent more than 40 players to the college ranks.

"But I went and got my resume out and added the last couple years and within a couple days of sending it I heard back from [Weymouth Athletic Director] Kevin Mackin."

The two met within a week, and felt it could be a good fit for both sides. "We hit it off right away," said Kingman, who was hired last week. "It was just the opposite of what I'm used to."

Now Kingman is starting over all over again, at a program that hasn't had a winning season in years. "I'm certainly excited, it's Division 1 in the Bay State Conference, but I'm nervous, too," he said. "I'd love to have a winning season, that's the goal I'm putting to the girls."

Kingman, who had both knees replaced in December, has used the new job as motivation in his rehab and is excited about the new opportunity. But no matter what happens, he will have fond memories of Abington, despite the curious way it ended. "I will miss all the good people and the relationships we had with the kids," he said. "We hope to make Weymouth the type of program we had in Abington."

'We hope to make Weymouth the type of program we had in Abington,' says Steve Kingman.

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