October 15, 2012

Malden Catholic's Serino loses battle with cancer

By Jesse Connolly

Chris Serino (Saugus, Mass.), the athletic director and head coach at Malden Catholic from 2005 to 2011, passed away on Monday. He was 63. 

The revered coach, who guided the Lancers to a Super 8 championship in 2011, was diagnosed with throat cancer last fall and stepped away from the team due to his illness.

With John McLean taking Serino’s place behind the bench, MC capped off an emotional season by defending its title.

Prior to arriving at Malden Catholic, Serino spent seven seasons at Merrimack College, where he was the head coach from 1998 to 2005. He held the position of interim AD during part of his tenure.

“It’s a huge loss to HS Hockey,” BC High coach John Flaherty told the Boston Herald. “He rebuilt MC to a powerhouse and brought exposure to every team who played them. He was passionate and wanted to win but was also a fierce advocate for our sport and all our players. I feel badly for his players and his staff. They all loved and admired him.”

Prior to his time at Merrimack, Serino was an assistant coach at UNH and also previously served as head coach for Northfield Mount-Hermon.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.