The decision by Marvin Avery last week to step down as the head coach of the Lynn Tech boys basketball program caught many by surprise but the good news is that Avery will be continuing to coach AAU basketball and helping players advance their skills and pursue opportunities at the college level.
Marvin Avery leaves Tech as one of the most successful coaches in the city’s history. For more than the past decade, Avery built the Tech program into one of the best in Massachusetts, winning a state title and reaching the finals on two other occasions.
Perhaps Marvin Avery’s best coaching job came in a defeat in the North sectional final. No one, except Marvin Avery himself, thought that Tech could compete with a powerful Bedford squad, but with talented guard Rich Warren Jr. leading the way on the court, and Marvin Avery inspiring his team on the sidelines, Tech took Bedford to overtime before falling just short of a trip to the Boston Garden.
Marvin Avery was not only great at developing his players – and the names of Antonio Anderson, who played on an NCAA Division 1 national runner-up University of Memphis team and for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, and Division 1 players Cory Bingham and Tony Gallo top that list – but he made sure his players worked hard in the classroom and represented themselves and the their school with courteousness and respectfulness in the Lynn community.
Marvin Avery was demonstrative on the sidelines, bringing dedication and passion to the game of basketball he loves so much. His players admired him and Marvin Avery gave each student-athlete a memorable and enjoyable basketball-playing experience and education that they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Marvin Avery will be coaching in the Mass Thundercats AAU organization and hopefully one day soon returning to the high school coaching ranks.
We thank Marvin Avery for his outstanding service to Lynn Tech student-athletes and bringing so much excitement to this city during his phenomenal coaching career.