Faradie takes over for Methuen boys hoop

Anthony Faradie confirmed to the Boston area media tonight that he has left his post as the head boys basketball coach at Medford High after six years, and accepted the vacant head job at Methuen.

Faradie, a former star at Framingham State and assistant coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, inherited a fledgling Mustangs program and was able to turn it into a competitive outfit by the time of his departure. The Mustangs ended an 11-year playoff drought in 2010, his third year with the program. This past season, the Mustangs went 13-8, losing in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North tournament to Andover; WPI-bound captain Sean Doncaster was named Co-MVP of the Greater Boston League, alongside Malden's Rodney Morton.

Faradie explained his decision in an email to the Boston area media:

I accepted the head coaching position at Methuen High School last Friday and it obviously came official today. It was a really hard decision to leave Medford High School. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have went into the program over the last 6 years when I first took the job. Prior to arriving at Medford in 2007-08 the team had not made the state tournament since 1999 and the team was coming off a 1-19 season. By the third year we were able to clinch a bid to the state tournament at 12-8. We've been able to add to the resume since by getting to the state tournament 3 out of the last 4 years. We're coming off back-back state tournament appearances and we had our first state tournament win 2 years ago. All of which were firsts since 1999. We've had 2 GBL MVP's and many players move on to play college basketball and other sports.

I've built tremendous relationships with my former players and the current players at Medford High and I will cherish those forever. My coaching staff over the years has been incredible and they deserve all the credit in the world. I've had a tremendous relationship with my athletic director Bob Maloney and he has given me and the program all the support in the world to succeed. I want to thank him and the athletic dept along with the administration and faculty at Medford. The community of Medford has been great. There will always be a special place in my heard for Medford. I'm confident that Medford will continue to steer the program in the right direction.

After coming off a 13-8 season this year I've decided to move on to Methuen High School and the Merrimack Valley Conference. I'm excited about the opportunity. I think it's a program with a lot of support and great potential. The community has great feeder programs, facilities, and they have made great steps as a school district with a beautiful newly remodeled high school and advances in technology.