The Winthrop High School girls basketball program is back on the map and we’re so pleased that the other coaches in the Northeastern Conference have recognized Winthrop coach Ignacio Oyola as its Coach of the Year. The Winthrop High girls basketball program has had an illustrious history, beginning with the incredible job that Ron Spinney did as head coach. Spinney was a true pioneer in high school girls basketball and recognized how quickly the sport would grow. His successor, Peter Grimes, piloted Winthrop to a 20-0 record one season and some of his players, including Courtney Finn, Kristen Finn, Caterina Mallios, Nicole Giaquinto, and Meredith Soper, went on to compete and excel in college sports.
And now Oyola has restored the program to great heights, winning 16 games this season and looming as a contender in the State Tournament. Oyola has guided this year’s team well and the future looks exceedingly bright.
Winthrop hoop fans will recall that Oyola was a member of the 1995 WHS state champion boys basketball team that won one of the most memorable games ever at the old Boston Garden under the direction of Peter Grimes. Congratulations, Ignacio, on your much-deserved coach of the year award.