Lady Bishops hockey coach Mark McHale was unanimously selected and recently inducted into the Massachusetts State High School Hockey Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Montvale Plaza banquet hall in Stoneham.
“I have been blessed with good assistants throughout my career,” McHale said humbly of his induction.
Coach McHale began his coaching career in 1983 leading the South Shore Kings in youth hockey. His first high school head coaching job was at Don Bosco High School. He led the Bears for 10 years, winning the Division 1 state title in 1989.
Moving on to college coaching, Coach McHale coached the Suffolk University men’s team for three seasons before returning to high school hockey. He led the Thayer Academy girls’ teams for five years before agreeing to coach the fledgling Lady Bishops program at Archbishop Williams High School in 2005. Although competing in perhaps the toughest hockey league in the state, Coach McHale’s teams have qualified for the State Tournament seven straight years.
“The girls have worked hard to do their best for the team year after year,” coach McHale said. “At Archbishop Williams, the administration has been excellent and I thank President (Dennis) Duggan, Principal (Michael) Volonnino, and Athletic Director (Gordon) McClay for all of their support.”
“He runs an outstanding program, ” said McClay. “I am honored and pleased to work with him.”
Coach McHale has coached boys and girls Bay State Game teams to gold and silver medals. With his brother Gerard, a retired deputy supervisor for the Boston Police Department, he has also been the long-time head coach of the internationally known Boston Police hockey team. The team has played against Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden and participated in the World Police and Fire Hockey Games in Belfast three years ago. McHale retired two years ago after a 36 year career with the Mass. Probation Service.