Two Manhasset coaches Matt McGrane and Kerrin Beovich were named coaches of the year in their respective conferences on top of having exceptional seasons where both of their teams were named Conference Champions. Both McGrane, head coach of the girls varsity swim team, and Beovich, head coach of the girls varsity volleyball team, were grateful to be selected by their peers for the award.
“It felt great to be honored, especially since we’re in the top conference,” said McGrane. “There is so much competition out there and for so many experienced, knowledgeable coaches to think so highly of me, it’s a great feeling. It’s very humbling.”
McGrane and Beovich both attributed their recognition to their teams’ success. The girls varsity swim team won the Division Championship against the number one seeded team and went on to the County Championship where they came in second. The girls varsity volleyball team won the A1 Conference. After having two rough seasons in the past two years, the girls varsity volleyball team made it to the County Championship, but lost in the finals.
“I think a large part had to do with winning the conference this year,” said Beovich, explaining why she believed she received the award. “It was so exciting for the girls to win the conference and I was really proud and happy because I knew how hard a lot of them had been working. They’re such a great group of girls. The award was a second honor. I wasn’t expecting to have such a great season coming in the first year and I was speechless at the meeting when they nominated me.”
While this season was Beovich’s first season coaching at the high school level, McGrane has been coaching the Manhasset girls swim team for 23 seasons and the boys swim team for 24. Despite the difference in years coaching, both have similar favorite aspects of coaching.
“I think it’s the relationships you build as a team,” said Beovich. “We had so much fun and they felt comfortable talking to me on a personal level. I’ve played sports my whole life and there was always that family aspect and it’s nice to be part of that family again.”
“Just helping young adults improve day to day, believe in themselves, learn from any setbacks they encounter and just take one day at a time and enjoy the moment,” said McGrane. “Every season is a new year with a new group of individuals and just as enjoyable and rewarding as the last.”