Quabbin Regional boys soccer coach Rick Lindsten retires

BARRE – “That John Wooden quote: ‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. ‘ That’s one of the first things I thought of when I heard Rick Lindsten had announced he was retiring as the Quabbin varsity boys soccer coach, ”Quabbin Regional varsity girls’ soccer coach Jamie (Szafarowicz) Cook said.

Lindsten informed Panthers’ athletic director Mark Miville late last month of his decision to retire as varsity boys soccer coach, a position he held since 2011. This fall, for the first time in 35 years, Lindsten will not be coaching soccer in some capacity.

“I’ve been thinking about it for the last couple of years. I’ve been coaching soccer for 34 consecutive years; I started when I was 29, ”the 64-year-old Lindsten said. “It’s been a long time and it’s been enjoyable. For the last 11 years I’ve also been the girls’ golf coach at Quabbin.

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