Women’s Sports Pioneer: Chelsea Native Lee-Nieves Receives MIAA Distinguished Service Award

Women’s Sports Pioneer: Chelsea Native Lee-Nieves Receives MIAA Distinguished Service Award

Johanna DiCarlo (right) presents the Massachusetts Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award to JoAnne Lee-Nieves at the 2019 Girls and Women in Sports Day program Feb. 1 at Faneuil Hall, Boston.

When the Title IX law was first enacted, leading to increased athletic opportunities for females in the mid-to-late 1970s and setting the foundation for the explosion of high school girls’ sports that exists today, there was a Chelsea woman just getting started in coaching.

She was a pioneer in every sense, introducing the joy of organized sports participation to Boston girls, teaching them about teamwork and sportsmanship, instilling self-confidence in her student-athletes, and providing lessons about life that they would carry beyond the basketball court.

JoAnne Lee-Nieves was a woman ahead of her time, recognizing right away the importance of athletics for girls as an extension of the classroom. Her players at Jeremiah Burke would achieve phenomenal success on the court. Long before ESPN started bringing attention to women’s sports, Lee-Nieves was building a program and sending her athletes on to college.

For four decades, Lee-Nieves earned multiple championship and coach-of-the-year awards. No one did it better in Boston than Lee-Nieves.

Last Friday, in an impressive ceremony at historic Faneuil Hall in the city where Lee-Nieves became a high school coaching giant, she received one of the MIAA’s most prestigious awards.

Before a capacity crowd of female high school athletes, athletic directors and many of her former colleagues in the profession, Lee-Nieves accepted the Massachusetts Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award.

One could only imagine how very proud her parents, the late Charles Lee and Jeanette Weiner Lee, would have been to see JoAnne’s amazing career recognized so deservedly in such an awesome setting as Fanueil Hall.

Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson understands the magnitude of his cousin JoAnne’s statewide award and the immense contributions that she made to high school sports. His own daughter, Lucia Robinson-Griggs, is a former high school athlete and now a women’s basketball coach at MIT.

“JoAnne is a very outstanding individual who has achieved a lot in teaching and coaching,” said Robinson. “This is very special for me that she was recognized for all the hard work that she has done throughout the years. She is a true pioneer in women’s high school sports in Boston. It’s a tremendous honor and I congratulate Joanne. We in Chelsea are all proud of her.”

In a tribute to JoAnne that appeared in the Girls and Women In Sports Day souvenir booklet, Jeremiah Burke Guidance Counselor Ron Innes said, “JoAnne was a very reliable and dedicated teacher who was well respected by her students as well as faculty and staff. Her knowledge about her chosen discipline (Physical Education) and ability to reach and connect with students made her a truly exceptional teacher. These great qualities carried over to the many sports she coached. Her teams always played the game with great discipline and pride.”

Burke Athletic Coordinator Sean Ryan had nominated Lee-Nieves for the award. Said Ryan, “Her ability to engage a veteran or a newcomer to the sport make her special. We evaluate a coach by how their team progresses during the year, and JoAnne’s team each year plays their best toward the end of the season. She truly provides each student-athlete with a memorable experience.”

In her acceptance speech, Lee-Nieves was humble and gracious. She thanked the MIAA for the recognition, but focused her remarks on encouraging the young ladies in the audience to work hard and pursue their dreams.

As she left the stage and walked to the VIP area where she and husband Juan Nieves were seated, you could sense that JoAnne Lee-Nieves was touched by this lifetime-achievement recognition from the state’s official governing organization for high school sports.

It was indeed a special day for a special teacher, coach, and role model.

CUTLINE

Johanna DiCarlo (right) presents the Massachusetts Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award to JoAnne Lee-Nieves at the 2019 Girls and Women in Sports Day program Feb. 1 at Faneuil Hall, Boston. JoAnne Lee-Nieves and her husband, Juan Nieves, are pictured following the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award.

Read More

Chelsea Residents Take Part in March and Protest

Chelsea Residents Take Part in March and Protest

Members of Chelsea Uniting Against the War, a group of young women from the Chelsea Collaborative, peace activists from neighboring communities,  Rhode Island and Vermont filled a bus from Chelsea City Hall to attend the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 21.  Other Chelsea residents came in  large vans or cars.

The march was organized by Cindy Sheehan whose commitment against war and the military was sparked after the death of her first born son, Casey Austin Sheehan, an Army Specialist, who was killed in combat in Iraq in 2004.  In an effort to talk to the President Bush, who refused to meet with her and to express her opposition to war, Cindy Sheehan set up camp outside of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas in 2005.  For three years,  tens of thousands of people from the U.S. and internationally came to Camp Casey to show their support .

Cindy Sheehan’s activism has not wavered.  She chose Oct. 21, 2018, as the date for women and others to march on the Pentagon to mark the 51st anniversary of the first March on the Pentagon.  In 1967 over 50,000 people gathered at the Pentagon to demand and end to the war in Vietnam and to bring the troops home.  The demands of this year’s march included the complete end of wars abroad, closure of foreign military bases, slashing of the Pentagon budget and the funding of healthy social programs and education.

Two women from Chelsea Uniting Against the War spoke to the crowd about the grass roots successful anti-military recruitment campaign at Chelsea High School.  Every year since 2004  at the beginning of the school year, members of Chelsea Uniting Against the War welcome students and hand out English and Spanish leaflets in English and Spanish to each of the 1200 students to remind them of their right to withhold their contact information from military recruiters. In 2017, 70-percent of the seniors exercised their right to opt-out.  Interest was expressed by many people in the audience to adopt Chelsea Uniting Against the War’s approach to educating students in their local high schools.

For some activists, the Women’s March on the Pentagon was their first national protest in the U.S.

As Juitiza Torres, a youth from the Chelsea Collaborative stated, “As a young Latina this march and the people involved encourages me to speak up and talk about what really needs to be talked about.”  Dalia Juarez added “It was my first time in D.C.  It  felt like an amazing experience for me and it felt empowering to be there for something I feel very strongly about.  It was an overall great experience to start the (school) year.”

The work of Chelsea Against the War continues with monthly meetings and events.  For more information about Chelsea Uniting Against the War, contact us on FaceBook at ChelseaUnitingAgaistthe War (note there is an “n”missing) or chelseauniting@gmail.com or 617-884-5132.

For more photos or to learn more about the Women’s March on the Pentagon, go to MarchonPentagon.com.

Read More

Rasi Chau Named CHS New Head Football Coach

Rasi Chau Named CHS New Head Football Coach

Rasi Chau has been a championship coach at various points in his career. He was an assistant coach for the 2005

Rasi Chau.

Super Bowl champion St. Mary’s High School football team, and most recently, for the Women’s Football Alliance national champion Boston Renegades.

Chelsea High School Director of Athletics Amanda Alpert was a player on the Renegades’ professional football team, so she witnessed first hand the highly skilled coaching techniques and winning attitude that Chau brought to the field each day.

Alpert has appointed Chau as the new head football coach at Chelsea High School. He was the defensive coordinator for the Red Devils last year.

Chau succeeds Jack Halas at the helm of the program and joins a group of CHS head coaches that includes such familiar names as Henry McCarthy, Anthony “Chubby” Tiro, Todd Flaherty, Bobby Fee, Anthony Cardarelli, Robert Tiro, Joe Gaff, and many others.

Chau, 37, is a 1999 graduate of Lynn Classical High School where he played football. He went on to play college football at Mount Ida.

He is excited to take over a high school program as its head coach for the first time in his career. He had served one season as a head coach of the Southern New Hampshire Beavers semi-professional team.

“I’m looking forward to the new season,” said Chau, who is also a certified football referee. “I’ve met with the players and they’re doing their summer workouts. We have 32 players in the program right now and hope to have between 35-40 players on the team.”

Chau has selected Joseph Solomon as the team’s offensive coordinator, along with assistant coaches Richard Wilson, David Roque, and Steph Jeffers, who like Alpert, is a women’s professional football player for the Renegades. Mike Lopez has been named as equipment manager.

Chelsea will compete in the Division 8 Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small Division. Non-league opponents are Nashoba Valley, Whittier Tech, Greater Lowell, and Pope John (Thanksgiving game).

“I’m going to try to lead this team to the playoffs, but the first year as a new coach is always challenging because you’re trying to change the culture and make sure the players believe in you,” said Chau. “Right now, I like what I’m seeing with 20-plus kids lifting weights every day and participating in the pre-season conditioning drills.”

With the Chelsea High School football field being rebuilt, the Red Devils will play almost all of their games on the road this season. Chau said he has already introduced himself to the coaches in Chelsea’s two youth football organizations, Chelsea Pop Warner and Chelsea Pride.

Read More

Bongiovanni of GreenRoots Named Chelsea Unsung Heroine

Bongiovanni of GreenRoots Named Chelsea Unsung Heroine

Sen. Sal DiDomenico recently joined with Reps. Daniel Ryan and RoseLee Vincent to congratulate Roseann Bongiovanni on being recognized as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW).

Each year the MCSW recognizes women across the Commonwealth who make outstanding, yet perhaps unnoted, contributions to their communities.

Sen. DiDomenico and Representative Ryan nominated Bongiovanni, the executive director of the Chelsea-based environmental justice organization GreenRoots, for her efforts over the past 21 years to improve environmental conditions and quality of life in Chelsea.

On June 20 Bongiovanni was honored at the MCSW’s Unsung Heroines Celebration at the State House.

“I was happy to join Rep. Ryan and present Roseann with our citations.” said Senator DiDomenico. “This is a well-deserved honor for Roseann, who has made it her life’s work to assist individuals and families that need our help the most, and for her tireless efforts on environmental justice issues in our community.”

The Board, staff and members of GreenRoots were happy to hear the leader of their organization was getting credit for her years of work.

“On behalf of the Board, staff and members of GreenRoots, we would like to recognize Rosie for being recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an Unsung Heroine of 2018,” read a statement from the organization. “Rosie was chosen as the Unsung Heroine for our District. We are lucky to have her as a model of leadership and unwavering commitment to our community.”

Read More

Police Briefs 06-07-2018

Police Briefs 06-07-2018

HARRASSES WOMEN

On May 21, officers were dispatched to Jefferson Avenue for a female party reporting that a male party followed her home and was still outside of her residence. Officers met with the reporting party, who stated that a male followed her home and grabbed her arm at one point to try to talk to her. She refused his advances and told him to leave, but he continued following her to her home. The victim identified the male leaning against a fence on her property. He was placed under arrest.

Lucio Ayala Rodriguez, 33, of Revere, was charged with criminal harassment and assault and battery.

DRUG RAID ON PARK

On May 24, members of the Chelsea Police Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 148 Park St. #4.  The search warrant was the result of an investigation of a male subject for the Distribution of Crack Cocaine. Also assisting was Everett Police drug detectives.

Hector Sanchez-Balestier, 34, of 148 Park St., was charged with possession to distribute Class B drugs.

Read More

Women Celebrating Women at Roca

Women Celebrating Women at Roca

Every country has a story about the strength of its women. That was the lesson learned by the 30 or so young mothers who attended Roca Chelsea’s International Women’s Day celebration on March 29.

Roca’s Young Mothers program focuses on helping high risk young moms get out of violence and poverty, go to work, and care for their children. As part of the programming, Roca has built a community among the participating women through a weekly ‘family night,’ where moms and their children gather to take classes, learn, and grow – and also eat and socialize in a safe environment. The International Women’s Day festivity was an add on to this weekly gathering, giving the group a chance to learn about each other’s home countries and the women that helped shape history.

Ahead of the event, each participating young mom was asked to research a woman in history from her home country, and prepare a short presentation for the group. The result was a diverse line up of rock star women from all over, including Honduras, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and the US.

“We asked them to look for women in history that made a difference and acknowledge powerful women in Latin America who have always been there,” explained Roca Chelsea Young Mothers staff member Gina Josette. “We wanted to celebrate these women and ourselves as women in a fun and creative way.”

And celebrate they did. The women also brought traditional dishes from their home country to share with the group making the event a feast!

“It’s important and empowering for our young mothers to celebrate women in their country’s history,” said Josette. “For other events, we celebrate other important parts of our lives—Mother’s Day, graduations, etc. We celebrate any type of success in our group, and we celebrate it together.”

Read More

Appreciation:Jeanette Weiner Lee is Fondly Remembered

Appreciation:Jeanette Weiner Lee is Fondly Remembered

Jeanette (Weiner) Lee, of Wayland, formerly of Chelsea, matriarch of a longtime and well-known Chelsea family and a, died on January 23, 2018.

Jeanette Weiner Lee.

Jeanette Weiner Lee.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles L. Lee. and the devoted and loving mother of Donald Charles Lee and wife Nancy of Holbrook, JoAnne D. Lee-Nieves and husband Carlos Juan of Mattapan, Michele L. (Lee) LaCosta and husband Charles of Holbrook and Brian R. Lee and wife Jodi Pages-Lee of Wayland. She was the loving daughter of the late Morris Paul Weiner and Anne (Babner) Weiner. She was the dear sister of Esther Wexler of Norton, Irving D. Weiner of Norton, and the late Lily Celata, Evelyn Sweeney and Rae Cummings. She was the loving grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 3.

Mrs. Lee was born and raised in Chelsea and educated in the Chelsea School System. In her later years, Jeanette influenced and impacted many young lives in Chelsea. She taught Sunday school at the People’s Baptist Church Chelsea for 25 years. She was the Past President of the PTA at the Williams School, Chelsea, Secretary of the Women’s’ Progressive Club in Everett, a member of the Wayland Women’s Club, Secretary of the Greater Boston Baptist Association, Secretary of the Sister International and most recently a member of the Women’s Ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church but her greatest love of all time was her family.

Mrs. Lee regularly attended her children’s school activities and took considerable pride in their accomplishments on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Throughout their lives, the Lee children exhibited the kindness, generosity, warmth, and personable manner of their parents, reaching out to those less fortunate and mentoring young people through their exemplary actions and uplifting words.

The Lee family was admired in Chelsea.

Longtime Chelsea softball fans will fondly remember Mrs. Lee’s husband, the late Charles Lee, who made umpiring in the Chelsea Fast Pitch Softball League a work of art.  Players, coaches, and fans admired the charismatic umpire who called balls and strikes with aplomb and grace and was always impeccably dressed in his official uniform. Mr. Lee sponsored the Charles Lee Disposal team in the Chelsea Men’s Basketball League, reuniting Donald Lee with his former high school teammates, including his cousin, Leo Robinson, Bobby Long, Dale Johnson and Donald Wolcott.

Joanne Lee-Nieves became a highly successful women’s basketball coach, receiving state Hall of Fame honors. She was a role model to the inner-city women whom she coached and mentored.

Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson said his aunt, Jeanette, was “a big influence on many young people in Chelsea who grew up to lead very positive lives.”

“She was a beautiful, wonderful person – a great lady,” said Robinson. “She was a very sensitive human being who really loved people.”

The city of Chelsea has lost a wonderful woman who brought much love and joy to her proud family and to all who had the honor of being in her company.

A Funeral Service will be at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Sq, Chelsea on Monday, January 29th at 11AM. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interment in North Cemetery, Wayland. A Memorial Service will be held in Jeanette’s honor on Saturday, February 3rd at 11AM in the Ebenezer Baptist Church-157 West Springfield St., South End, Boston, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Jeanette’s memory may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston-10 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116 or to the American Kidney Fund-11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guestbook and directions.

Read More

Legislature Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Legislature Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers. Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Joseph McGonagle both voted in support of this legislation that makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy.

“No woman should have to choose between keeping her job and maintaining healthy and safe pregnancy,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico, a co-sponsor of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. “I am proud to support this important piece of legislation, which will undoubtedly make workplaces fairer and safer for all.”

 “Massachusetts is moving in a forward with this legislation,” said Representative Joseph McGonagle. “Women should have a safe and happy pregnancy and not be concerned with any negative impacts regarding their workplace.  This legislation ensures that pregnant workers can continue to work and not worry about their health or their baby’s health.”

 Reasonable accommodations may include time off to recover from childbirth; more frequent, longer paid or unpaid breaks; procuring or modifying equipment or seating; obtaining temporary transfer, job restructuring, or lighter duty; and private non-bathroom space for expressing breast milk, among others.

 The law prohibits employers from taking the following actions against an employee who is pregnant or has a condition related to the employee’s pregnancy:

  • Taking adverse action against an employee who requests or uses a reasonable accommodation;

  • Denying an employment opportunity to an employee based on the need of the employer to make a reasonable accommodation;

  • Requiring an employee to accept an accommodation if the accommodation is unnecessary to enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job;

  • Requiring an employee to take a leave of absence if another reasonable accommodation may be provided without undue hardship to the employer;

  • Refusing to hire a person who is pregnant because of the pregnancy or because of a condition related to the person’s pregnancy if that person can perform the essential functions of the job with a reasonable accommodation that does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.

The bill directs companies to engage in a collaborative, good faith process with employees and prospective employees to determine effective and reasonable accommodations. In specific instances, employers may require documentation pertaining to the need of accommodation from appropriate health care or rehabilitation professional. This does not apply to accommodations for more frequent restroom, food or water breaks, seating, and limits on lifting over 20 pounds.

The bill has an effective date of April 1, 2018. It now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Read More

Police Det Rosie Medina Honored with Community Service Award

By Seth Daniel

When Chelsea Police Det. Rosie Medina reflects on why it is she became a police officer, part of her says it’s because she wanted to defy her father, but another part says it’s because she loves the community and has found perfect harmony in her job where she can help the community and do something she loves.

Det. Medina has been on the force for nearly 25 years and last Thursday, the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement honored her during their annual awards ceremony in Yarmouth. Medina was given the association’s Community Service Award for 2016.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon served as Guest Speaker at the event and said women are important to law enforcement.

“What they bring to the table from investigations and all aspects of what we do, they’re just an integral part of law enforcement,” said McKeon.

Back in Chelsea, Medina sat down with the Record and said she loved building bridges between the community and the police department.

“I first came on under a new community policing grant and Officer Ortiz and Leon and I would go to Bosson Park and encourage the community to do cleanups and paint the park,” she said. “I think building that relationship with the community made our job so much easier – to the point where I was trusted by them. I still feel the need to be involved with the community 18 years later. You get to know so many people and so much about what’s going on.”

Medina said her work in the community, which includes investigating domestic violence cases and working with the Chelsea Collaborative’s Summer Youth Employment Program. In being involved in those pursuits, she said she has gotten important tips for crimes – simply due to the fact that people have come to respect and trust her.

Chief Brian Kyes said Medina has always understood the importance of the police and the community working as one.

“Long before she formally became a part of the Collaborative, she was engaged and involved both as a community member and a police partner,” he said. “Rose has always understood the importance of the community and the police working together to identify and solve recurring issues and therein completely comprehend the true meaning of community policing long before it was implemented as the Department’s organizational philosophy in the late 1990s.”

However, that path of policing was nearly thwarted, Medina said.

First of all, her father didn’t like the idea and, at first, of a woman being a police officer.

“My dad didn’t believe in certain jobs for women,” she said. “He liked to say only his sons would wear pants in his family and not his daughters. Looking back, who would have thought my dad and I would be sitting at a kitchen table talking about guns. If I think about it, I think I always wanted to challenge my dad and did things he wouldn’t have approved of.”

Meanwhile, other obstacles also got in her way. After seeing other women come onto the Chelsea Police and being encouraged to take the test, it took Medina three callbacks to actually get to the Department.

After being called the first time, she was sent packing because they told her she was a ½ pound over the weight limit, she said while rolling her eyes.

Det. Rosie Medina of the Chelsea Police Department recently won the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement’s Community Service Award for 2016. Medina has been on the force for nearly 25 years.

Det. Rosie Medina of the Chelsea Police Department recently won the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement’s Community Service Award for 2016. Medina has been on the force for nearly 25 years.

The second time, her now ex-husband had forbid her to take the job – saying he wasn’t going to be left at home alone at night while she rode around in a cruiser with some other guy.

However, the third time, just as she was preparing to go to law school, Medina got courage and went for it.

“That time, I told my husband, now my ex-husband, that I was taking the job, even if it meant he would divorce me,” she said. “To my surprise, he was incredibly supportive. Things changed and it made the transition a lot easier.”

Almost 25 years later, Medina said she has no regrets about choosing a career in law enforcement in Chelsea.

“My supervisors and the chief have been very supportive and that has allowed me to do my job,” she said. “If you don’t have the support of the administration, it’s difficult to do what you love to do. Very few people can say they get paid to do what they love. I can say that I do.”

Read More

The Big Leagues:Former CHS,NU Star Troville is Associate AD at Harvard

By Cary Shuman

Harvard is the world’s most prestigious university and its athletic program is just as awe-inspiring.

The famous Ivy League institution in Cambridge is home to colleges’ largest program with 42 sports, from skiing, sailing and golf, to baseball, basketball and squash and everything in between.

The Harvard-Yale football game is known simply as The Game.

Tim Troville, who grew up on Webster Avenue and starred in sports in Chelsea High School, is totally immersed in Harvard sports tradition as associate director of athletics, facilities and operations.

In his key post, the 37-year-old Troville oversees the maintenance, construction, and project management of the Harvard athletic facilities, along with event operations and game management.

“I work very closely with men’s and women’s hockey, baseball, and sailing,” said Troville. “We have 19 athletic facilities, over one million square feet, and 76 acres at this location.”

He is proud of Harvard’s position of prominence among collegiate athletics.

“We just added women’s rugby as our 42nd sport,” said Troville. “We’re always looking to provide a well-rounded, broad-based program for our students.”

Since Troville’s arrival, Harvard has advanced to the Women’s Frozen Four in ice hockey under coach Katey Stone. The men’s basketball team, led by coach Tommy Amaker, has won the Ivy League title and competed in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. The Harvard football team, under coach Tim Murphy, has won three consecutive Ivy League championships.

“I love the tradition at Harvard. It’s a deep-rooted tradition with a lot of alumni support. I have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest students in the world who also have goals of being champions on and off the court and ice. We have a great collection of people in our athletic department and that’s what makes this place special.”

One of his best memories was when ESPN’s College Game Day came to Cambridge for the 2014 Harvard-Yale game.

“Harvard won the game on the final drive,” said Troville. “It was an incredible experience. Harvard Stadium was sold out with 35,000 fans. Being part of The Game is really a special experience that is tough to describe.”

The son of Patrick and Karen Troville, he attended the Mary C. Burke School and the Williams School. At Chelsea High School, he became an athletic and academic superstar, setting the foundation for his current career in sports administration.

After playing Little League Baseball and being coached by Ray Deleidi and his father, Patrick, he became the starting catcher as a freshman for the Chelsea High baseball team.

“I came in the third inning of my first game at Chelsea High and started every game after that,” recalled Troville.

Playing varsity baseball for coaches Mike Lush and Fito Ramirez, Troville was an unprecedented four-time Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star and MVP in his senior season. His play at catcher in high school attracted the attention of Major League baseball scouts. At 6 feet, 2 inches, he played football in his junior and senior years and helped Chelsea win its first and only Super Bowl in 1995. He also earned a spot on the varsity basketball team.

“I learned so much from coaches Joe Gaff (football) and Jack Niven (baseball),” said Troville.

But it was baseball that opened doors for Troville. A potent hitter with a great glove and arm, Troville set his sights on playing Division 1 baseball in college.

“I always had dreams of going to college – I’m the first in my family to go one college,” said Troville. “I remember watching the College World Series every year and I thought that would be something that I would love to go and do that. Everything I did was working toward that goal.”

During his high school career, he also played in the Chelsea Youth Baseball League. “Those were some of my favorite coaches, Roy Butt, Paul Nowicki, and John Cunningham. We won a championship with the Marlins and Ryan Hilke and Robyn Mazin had huge years for the team.”

Troville was an honor roll student who was ranked third in his graduating class. He turned down a full scholarship to Boston University and chose Northeastern University.

“I played basketball for coach Jack Niven, and he was a Northeastern graduate and he spoke so highly of the university,” said Troville. “The cooperative education program at Northeastern is outstanding and it really prepared me for my future. I was also introduced to athletic administration at Northeastern.”

He became Northeastern’s starting catcher, He played in the Beanpot at Fenway Park and was a teammate of Carlos Pena, a No. 1 draft pick of the Texas Rangers.

“I think we all knew we weren’t on the same level as Carlos,” said Troville. “We recognized his greatness right away. What a talented ballplayer he was. The best pitcher I ever faced was Steve Langone, a lefty from Reading and Boston College. The best pitcher I ever caught was Greg Montalbano, a hard-throwing lefty from Westboro who was named the prospect of the year in the Red Sox organization. He was one of the nicest people I ever met.”

Troville graduated from Northeastern with a degree in Communications and took a job as assistant baseball coach at his alma mater. He also worked in athletic administration and event management at the university.

Troville moved on to Indiana State University where he took an assistant athletic director’s position. He worked at ISU until 2008 when he became assistant athletic director of operations, facilities and event management at Tufts University in Medford.

He worked at Tufts until 2013 when he received a job offer from Harvard.

“I’m so happy to be working at Harvard,” said Troville. “I’ve always had a goal to be a Division 1 athletic director but one thing I’ve learned along the way is to learn as much as I can and wait for the timing to be right. One thing I’ve never done is overlook the position that I’m in at the present time. If I can just do my best day in and day out, I hope to acquire enough knowledge and meet enough people that one day I have an opportunity in Division 1.”

Troville, who lives in Canton with his wife, Da

Tim Troville (left), associate director of athletics at Harvard, is pictured with Tim Murphy, head football coach, at the university’s athletic complex in Cambridge.

Tim Troville (left), associate director of athletics at Harvard, is pictured with Tim Murphy, head football coach, at the university’s athletic complex in Cambridge.

nielle, and their two sons, Timothy, 3, and Donovan, 1, will be back at his alma mater in Chelsea on May 26. CHS director of athletic Frank DePatto invited Troville to be the guest speaker at the annual awards night program.

“I remember what a terrific scholar-athlete Tim was at Chelsea High School,” said DePatto. “He’s a great role model for Chelsea kids. We’re honored to have him at our awards program and I look forward to hearing his remarks to our student-athletes.”

Read More