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School Sports Stadium Dedicated in Memory of Coach Chris “Christie” Serino Guided Countless Student-athletes Down the Right Path

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Family members took a group photograph at half-time: In back, from left to right: son Matthew Serino, granddaughter Bobbi Serino, brother Frank Serino, grandsons Braden and Beckett Serino, daughter-in-law Kristin Serino, son CJ Serino, niece Jessica Serino-Cipoletta, brother-in-law Skip Glavin, sister Maddie Glavin, niece Raylyn Scuzzarella, cousin Ginny Neff and niece Courtney Glavin; in back, from left to right: fiancé Janaye Dion, grandson Kash Christie Serino and son Tony Serino.

The Saugus Middle-High School sports stadium was dedicated in memory of football, baseball and hockey coach Chris “Christie” Serino last Friday night at halftime during Senior Night.

  The Wickford Street resident died in 2012 from environmental cancer at the age of 63. The 1967 Saugus High School All American tri-sport athlete taught physical education for approximately 20 years and coached baseball, football and hockey, touching many players’ lives in the process.

  Former teammate Coach Robert Maccini, who paid his respects at Serino’s gravesite earlier that day, said Serino was a father figure to everyone. “He was the greatest hockey mind that ever was,” Maccini said. “He guided endless players and helped them not only graduate high school but enroll in college.”

  One of those students, James Quinlan, spoke publicly at the dedication about his guidance, adding that Serino was a father figure to him. “I never would have graduated high school if it wasn’t for him,” Quinlan said. “I very easily could have gone down the wrong path, but he taught me about life.”

  Cousin Thomas O’Connell said Serino had the “secret sauce,” a combination of a charismatic personality along with a unique coaching style. “He knew when to knock you down and when to pick you up,” O’Connell said. “Everyone gravitated toward him.”

  Serino’s son Matthew said the family is honored to have a stadium named after his father. “Saugus meant the world to him,” Matthew Serino said. “[The complex] is a symbol of our rich athletic tradition; it is the excellence that he always strived for.”

  Christie Serino’s sister, Maddie Glavin, said the family is proud of the athlete that he was, adding that when he fought his courageous cancer battle, he didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him.

  Christie Serino’s brother, Frank, said that when people met him, it’s like they’d known him for 10 years.

  Board of Selectmen Chairman Anthony Cogliano said Serino was his coach, mentor and friend. “He was the kind of guy you’d give 100% for…so I always gave 110%,” Cogliano said. “I loved him – as did all of his players – and I’m thrilled to have played a part in his dedication.”

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In front of the Christie Serino Jr. Memorial Stadium sign: in front row, pictured from left to right: niece Raylyn Scuzzarella, granddaughter Bobbi Serino and grandsons Beckett and Braden Serino; in back row, pictured from left to right: brother-in-law Skip Glavin, sister Maddie Glavin, niece Courtney Glavin, brother Frank Serino, daughter-in-law Kristin Serino and sons CJ and Matthew Serino.
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Fans in the bleachers celebrated in Halloween costumes.
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Speaker Michael O’Connell said his coach, cousin and mentor had the “secret sauce,” including having a charismatic personality, and he was a talented tri-sport athlete.
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Serino’s son, Michael, said his father’s mottos were: “You play for the logo on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back” and “Never forget where you came from.”
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During last Friday’s night Christie Serino Jr. Memorial Stadium dedication at the Saugus Middle High School Complex, James Quinlan said he and countless other players likely wouldn’t have graduated high school if it wasn’t for his mentor, Christie Serino.
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Board of Selectmen Chairman Anthony Cogliano helped to organize the dedication.
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Holding flowers, family members listen to the heartfelt speeches.
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Selectman Michael Serino is Christie Serino’s first cousin.
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The speakers, shown from left to right: son Michael Serino, cousin Thomas O’Connell and James Quinlan.

(Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)

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From left to right: Former selectman/Asst. Coach Scott Brazis, Board of Selectmen Chairman Anthony Cogliano and the late Head Coach Christie Serino. Cogliano received the Coach’s Award in 1984. (Courtesy photo, Anthony Cogliano)

 

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