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Head Coach:  Sarah Carpenter '97    

Coach Carpenter, a 1997 graduate of Pingree, took over the girls hockey program from her mentor and coach of Pingree Girls Hockey for its first 19 years, Jim MacLaughlin, in the 2007-2008 season.  Coach Carpenter grew up in Topsfield and began playing hockey with the Masco boys at the age of 4.  She won two youth National Championships with her girls team, the Chelmsford Lions, in 1993 and 1994.  While at Groton School for her first two years of high school Carpenter was named an ISL All Star.  For the two seasons Carpenter played for Pingree, the team won the EIL championship and she was twice named EIL MVP and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic.  She began her coaching career in high school, coaching the first Masco girls U12 hockey team her junior and senior year.  

Carpenter continued her hockey career at Middlebury College where she captained the team her senior year and helped the team go undefeated in Division 3 play all four years.   During her career with Middlebury, the team won four NESCAC titles, four ECAC titles and two National Championships in 2000 and 2001, the first two years of its existence in women's hockey.  Carpenter was named to the National Championship All-Tournament team in both her junior and senior years.
After college, Carpenter joined the Peace Corps serving in Cote d'Ivoire and Madagascar teaching English and building a library in her village.  Upon returning from traveling the world, Carpenter was MacLaughlin's assistant coach at Pingree for the 2004-2005 season.  She then studied for her Masters and played hockey at Columbia University.  After a year teaching and coaching at Kimball Union Academy, Coach Carpenter returned to Pingree to teach Spanish and coach hockey and Pursuit. She lives in Somerville with her husband and young son.


Asst. Coach: Neil Valeriani

Neil Valeriani has been a teacher and coach for 44 years at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School in Wakefield, MA.  He was cofounder of the hockey program, serving as assistant coach for 18 years and taking over as head coach in 1991.  The program won nine conference championships and three state championships during his tenure as assistant coach.

Coach Valeriani served as head coach for ten years winning five Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships and making six MIAA state tournament appearances including three Eastern Mass. Finals in Boston Garden.  In 1987 he was presented with the Assistant Coach of the Year award by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association.  In 1992 he was recognized as the Coach of the Year, Division III by the Boston Globe.  During his tenure as head coach Northeast compiled a record 129-79-16 for a .648 win percentage against opponents in division one, two, and three.  In CAC play Northeast went 90-26-8 (.758).

Coach Valeriani has coached football for approximately forty years at all levels and was the Head Football Coach at both Northeast Regional and Matignon High School.  

Coach V started the Northeast Lacrosse Program in 2002 and won league championships in 2005 and 2006.  The lacrosse team is 99-88 overall with a .889 win percentage and has made four state tournament appearances.                                                                                        

Neil, as the girls hockey team calls him, joined the Pingree family in 2005 when a vacancy occurred working with former head coach Jim MacLaughlin and has stayed on to work with coach Sarah Carpenter when she took over in 2007.


Asst. Coach: Meaghan Souza

Meaghan lives in Wilmington, MA and is a 2011 Pingree School graduate. She competed on the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams. While at Pingree, Souza was named Salem Evening News Hockey Player of the year in 2011, Eastern Independent League MVP as a senior in 2011, Boston Globe All-Scholastic in 2011, and two-time Salem Evening News All-Star. Souza was also the captain of the varsity soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams in her senior year at Pingree.

After Graduating from Pingree, Meaghan continued to play Division I ice hockey at Sacred Heart University for two years. From her experience, she hopes to instill the love for the game of hockey and pass on the values she has learned to her players. Meaghan started coaching at Pingree in the Winter of 2013. She currently attends the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

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