Central Catholic High School’s energetic, always-smiling and championship-familiar gymnastics coach Heather Fusco of Methuen was named an MIAA 2022-’23 Coach of the Year.

CCHS softball coach Stacy Ciccolo of Burlington also received a Coach of the Year honor.

According to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association, the Coach of the Year designation recognizes excellence in character, service, leadership and coaching.

Fusco has served as a successful gymnastics coach at Central since 2016. Her career highlights include two-time Merrimack Valley Conference Champions, four-time Merrimack Valley Conference League Meet Champions, MIAA North Sectional Champions 2023, New England Championship Meet 2023, Merrimack Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2017, 2023), Boston Globe and Eagle-Tribune Coach of the Year 2023 and Massachusetts High School Gymnastics Coaches (MAHSGC) treasurer.

“Heather strives to create a welcoming environment that allows for a positive and safe atmosphere to share her energy and ability to have fun in high school gymnastics, all while sharing her knowledge, experience and love of the sport of gymnastics,” according to a statement from the MIAA.

“Here at Central Catholic, we work to make our school mission at the center of everything we do,” said CCHS President Christopher Sullivan.

“Stacy Ciccolo and Heather Fusco each do this in their own unique ways. We are grateful to have two individuals who work so hard at their craft while extending our mission onto the field and in the gym. We are very proud of both of them, and grateful to have them as members of the CCHS community.”

“Congratulations to Stacy and Heather on being named the MIAA Coach of the Year in their respective sports!” said CCHS Director of Athletics and Activities Zach Blaszak. “Both led their programs to the best seasons in their history while developing our student-athletes into strong, successful and dedicated young women. Both Heather and Stacy, along with our other coaches, make the Central Catholic community and our athletic program so special. I am extremely fortunate to not only call them colleagues, but also friends.”

Central offers 30 varsity sports and many student-athletes bring home State, Sectional and Conference Championships.

Shown are (from left) Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan, 2022-’23 MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year Heather Fusco and Central Catholic Principal Doreen Keller. Courtesy photo