North Andover taps Tanglis for boys hoop coach

North Andover High Athletic Director Jon Longley announced this afternoon the hiring of Stoneham's Paul Tanglis as its new head boys basketball coach, replacing the recently-retired Mike McVeigh.

Tanglis has been the head coach at Stoneham High for the past three seasons. He guided the Spartans to the MIAA Division 3 North tournament the past two seasons, including a 10-10 campaign in 2012-13, while competing in the Middlesex League. He also served as associate head coach at Medford for three seasons prior to being hired in Stoneham.

Tanglis is a 2000 graduate of North Andover and a 2005 graduate of Framingham State University, where he captained the men's basketball team during his senior season. He has also coached at Plymouth State and North Andover High.

"The North Andover High School Boys Basketball program is one of the historic boys basketball programs in Massachusetts, having qualified for the state tournament every season tournament play has been in existence," Longley said in a statement. "Paul has proved himself to be a successful coach and a leader of young men. We are are extremely happy to have Paul as our coach and we look forward to continued success in boys basketball in the future"

There are some big shoes to fill on Osgood Street, where Tanglis will be replacing a legend in McVeigh. In 31 seasons on the NA bench, McVeigh compiled a 497-176 record and qualified for postseason every year.

This past season was a banner campaign for the Scarlet Knights. In their first year of membership in the Merrimack Valley Conference, the state's toughest league, NA grabbed a share of the Large division title with Central Catholic. They reached the Division 2 North Finals, where they lost to eventual state champion Brighton; it was the program's first appearance in a district final since 2007.

The season also saw some decorated individual accolades. Senior Chris Bardwell was named MVP of the MVC, and along with senior forward Isaiah Nelsen was named to ESPN Boston's All-State Team. McVeigh was also named ESPN Boston's Coach of the Year.