Perhaps the most challenging teaching and coaching job in education is done at the Junior High level. With bodies and minds growing at different rates and hormones flying hither and fro, it takes a special person to relate, communicate, teach and send these adolescents down the right path. Melinda McClure has accomplished this mission to the pinnacle of her profession. In her 22 year career as 8th grade Field Hockey Coach, from 1979 to 2001, Melinda's Junior High Field Hockey Teams won 22 out of 22 Middlesex League Championships. Her overall winning record was an incomprehensible 218-0-2. My friends, this is beyond Auerbachian.
Perhaps you may want to look at the January 27, 1992 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "Faces in the Crowd" where you will find Melinda's smiling countenance. No 'one trick pony' was Melinda, she started the girl's high school intramural lacrosse program in 1984. In 1985, AB entered the Dual County League as a Junior Varsity team, turning it into a Varsity program in 1986. In an unprecedented surge to the top, the 1987 team went Undefeated and won the Division II State Title. In Melinda's lax coaching reign through 1992, her won/ loss record was 92-21-8.
Melinda is now retired and lives in Bolton, Mass with her husband Ken. Her most memorable AB moments were all the girls she coached.