Haverhill hires Tarpy as girls basketball coach

Haverhill High Athletic Director Tom O'Brien announced this afternoon the hiring of former great Melissa Tarpy as its new head girls basketball coach. Tarpy, the school's first female 1,000-point scorer, was part of two Division 1 state champion squads during the Hillies' dynasty years, when they won four D1 state titles in five seasons from 1991 to 1996.

Here is the official release from O'Brien:

Melissa Tarpy has been named Girls’ Basketball Head Coach at Haverhill High School, it was announced today by Athletic Director Tom O’Brien.

A 1994 graduate, Tarpy was a three-sport athlete at Haverhill High School and was a key member of the 1992 and 1994 girls’ basketball state championship teams. She went on to have an outstanding career at Endicott College where she was a two-time All-Conference selection. She was the first woman in school history to break the 1,000-point mark and left as both the men’s and women’s all-time leading scorer. She was inducted into the Endicott Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tarpy most recently served as the assistant coach at Greater Lawrence Technical High School. She has also coached with the New England Warrior AAU Program had a brief stint as the JV basketball coach at Haverhill in 1998-99.