Who would have guessed that a former Lynn English star quarterback would be so proficient at coaching softball?
Fifteen years ago when Chris Warren took over the Lynn Classical varsity softball team as its head coach, it would have been hard to forecast the tremendous success that the program would achieve.
Classical was known for its fine boys basketball and football teams and current principal Gene Constantino once guided a brilliant Lady Rams team to a 20-0 record and the Division 1 North final where Andover ended the dream of a state title.
But for year in and year out consistency – once Chris Warren established his philosophy and built up his program – few teams could match the excellence of Classical softball and the enjoyable overall experience of participating in the program.
There were plenty of victories, an amazing 41-game winning streak, four championships, and some memorable runs in the State Tournament. Several players would go on and play college softball. The recent (Classical star) Francesca Galeazzi-led tribute to Warren by compiling an incredible scrapbook of highlights and photos is something that the coach will treasure forever.
The awards banquets were extraordinary, not for their lavishness but for the close-knit, family type atmosphere you experienced when you entered the hall. As Warren told his players at his final banquet, Classical softball was a family and you knew you had been part of something special.
Chris Warren was named a vice principal at Lynn Classical High School and we congratulate him on this much-deserved elevation to this key position in the school’s administration. He will be helping students pursue and achieve their dreams from another post at the school and we’re sure he’ll be closely following Classical softball in the future.
We know all of his former players would want to say this to their beloved coach, Chris Warren: “Thank you.”
We join the Rams’ softball alumni in saying, “Thank you” to Chris Warren as well for all his dedication, support, and guidance to all the student-athletes he coached in Lynn and the number of lives he touched in such a positive way.