Milford's Macchi resigns from softball post

Milford softball head coach Brian Macchi has resigned from his position, he told ESPN Boston Thursday.

Macchi, who led the Scarlet Hawks to back-to-back Division 1 state championships in 2012 and '13, is vacating the job to become the assistant principal at Milford High School. He cited an increased workload and his respect to not hold a coaching position while serving as an administrator as the factors behind the move.

He informed the team of his departure during a meeting with players two weeks ago.

"I always tell the girls, when there's an opportunity there for you, you take it," Macchi said. "This was just a great opportunity for me. I've always hoped that I could one day move into a administration role and when this presented itself, I knew it was the right thing to do."

Macchi, a Milford graduate and former standout baseball player at Boston College, led the Scararlet Hawks on one of the most dominant streaks in Massachusetts softball in recent memory, compiling a 50-1 record during the last two championship seasons after a state semifinal appearance in 2011 and a state final trip in 2010. During his eight seasons at the helm, Macchi compiled a career record of 168-22.

He also coaches the Milford Post 59 Legion baseball team. During the summer, Macchi has been taking courses toward gaining his Massachusetts principal's certification while Post 59 is in the midst of a Zone 4 playoff run.

"Being in the position that I will be in, I know the kind of commitment that I will have to bring to my job, so I didn't think it would be fair to continue coaching," Macchi said. "I'll still have the Legion ball to keep my competitive juices going, but in the district, there's a tradition that administrators usually do not coach. So I felt this was the right time."