East Providence sets winter sports coaches roster

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence School Department through Athletic Director Bob Duarte has announced its full roster of coaches for the upcoming winter sports season, which includes the return of middle school sports under the auspices of the system as well as a replacement for Mr. Duarte at East Providence High School.

Leslie Eastwood, who for the last seven years has served as Mr. Duarte’s assistant, has been chosen as the Townies’ new girls’ team head coach for the winter indoor track season. Miss Eastwood, a math teacher at EPHS, has also been given the nod to take over for Mr. Duarte as the girls’ outdoor track and field coach in the spring of 2014. Miss Eastwood has also spent the previous three years as a head coach in the EPHS cross country program.

“I think Leslie is ready for it, but it’s different. She’s no longer going to be in the background as my assistant,” Mr. Duarte said. “It’s a new thing for her. She’s going to have grow into being the head coach. Any time you become a head coach there’s a learning curve, but she knows what it takes to make herself a successful head coach. I’m happy for her. She’ll do a good job.”

Mr. Duarte’s job description has added oversight of middle school sports, something it lacked for the last year plus due to budget cuts.

Martin and Riverside will each offer boys’ and girls’ basketball and wrestling this winter. The Riverside coaches are Angelo Pizzi boys’ hoops, Brian Petsch girls’ hoops and A.J. LaScola wrestling. Their counterparts at Martin are Chris Kennedy for boys’ basketball, Katie Kenehan for girls’ basketball and Bobby Rodericks for wrestling.

The 2013-14 winter sports season officiallly begins with the start of practice on Monday, Dec. 2.

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