Coach Chris Laganas of Haverhill High School Boys Varsity Ice Hockey raises his hands in victory after they win the game against Andover High School at the Newburyport Tournament Finals.

After shepherding the Haverhill High School hockey team to three straight postseason appearances and leading the Hillie boys' lacrosse team to a conference crown in the program's third year of existence, Chris Laganas has stepped down as head coach of both sports.

Laganas has been named a vice principal at Whittier Tech, where he was head of the math department and a former math teacher. He made his resignation official last week, said Hillies athletic director Peter Shanahan.

"He (Laganas) was one of the most successful hockey coaches in school history," Shanahan said of Laganas. Shanahan also said that Laganas did an excellent job coaching the boys' lacrosse team, which became an official sport at Haverhill High School in 2004.

In 2005, Laganas was named the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

After winning four games in 2004, the lacrosse team won 10 games in 2005 and captured the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 crown in 2006 with 12 wins. This season's team qualified for the state tournament for the third straight year and was eliminated in the first round by Lowell.

In seven years as ice honcho, Laganas boasted a 67-54-26 record, which included the 2005-06 season in which the Hillies went 17-3-3, captured the Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual Country League Division 2 crown, and won two postseason games for the first time in school history.

Laganas was twice named Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual Country League Division 2 Coach of the Year.

Before coming to Haverhill High, Laganas enjoyed a distinguished career as a player. He played four years at Governor Dummer Academy, where he earned all-league and all-state honors as a forward, and then went to the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship.

After playing four years at UNH, Laganas played professionally for a year in Denmark before returning to the States to begin an eight-year career in minor league hockey.

Shanahan has posted both the hockey and boys' lacrosse coaching positions until July 28.

Depending on candidates' qualifications and experience, the hockey job pays between $4,600 and $5,600 per year and the lacrosse job pays between $3,500 and $5,000.

If interested in applying, send a resume to Peter Shanahan, Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill, MA 01832. For information, call 978-374-5732.

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