Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 21, 2013

Tildsey leaves behind amazing legacy

Tildsley retires with four state titles, countless memories

After 18 years, four state titles and 387 victories as Andover High girls basketball coach, Jim Tildsley has decided to drop the “coach” from his moniker.

Tildsley, who turns 62 in April, has quietly announced his retirement after an amazing run as head coach of the Golden Warriors.

“I had thought about (leaving) last year, but I really owed it to Devon (Caveney) and Jackie (Alois) to come back this winter,” said Tildsley. “And I’m really glad I came back.

“Those two girls were the heart and soul of the team. All of the girls were great. It was fun to go to practice every day. We got as far as we could possibly get. ... But now it’s time to move on.”

Tildsley leaves Andover and the coaching ranks as one of the best of the best in state history.

Before this winter, his Andover teams, led by two-time Gatorade Player of the Year Nicole Boudreau, won three straight state titles (2010-12), losing only two games over that span.

Tildsley retires with a record of 378-60 at Andover High, including 8 Division 1 North sectional titles, seven EMass titles and four state titles.

“I was lucky when I took over. The Muller twins (Charlotte and Sarah) were both sophomores,” said Tildsley. “I’ll never forget the first (Greater) Lawrence Christmas Tourney I coached,” said Tildsley. “We beat Methuen in the finals.

“Then later in the year, we played Haverhill in our gym, when both teams were undefeated. They beat us by 29. Then we went back to their place and lost by 12. It was tough going against Methuen and Haverhill. But I remember thinking we’re going to get better.”

Methodically, Andover began its ascent up the Merrimack Valley Conference ladder, eventually surpassing state championship programs in Haverhill and Methuen.

Since then the memories have just poured in.

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