Class of 2015
Since graduating from Springfield College in 1976 Doug has distinguished himself as a Health and Physical Education instructor as well as a baseball and basketball coach. Early in his career, in 1981, Coach Hoak was instrumental in helping to create a baseball program at North Shore Regional Vocational High School where he led the varsity for five seasons. During this same time Hoak-led basketball teams were gaining notoriety, beginning to qualify regularly for post-season play and recording a stellar 19-1 mark in the 1985-86 season. The following year Doug became a teacher/coach at his alma mater, Hamilton-Wenham High School and in his second season as the varsity baseball coach he piloted the Generals to a Division 2 state title, the first boy’s state championship in the school’s history, and was named the 1988 Salem News’ Baseball Coach of the Year. Doug would lead Hamilton-Wenham to two more league championships before closing out his 30-year baseball coaching career in 2011. While amassing nearly 300 victories during his stints at North Shore Regional and Hamilton-Wenham, Doug demonstrated constant dedication and professionalism in every one of his endeavors. In supporting Doug’s nomination as a candidate for the Hall of Fame, teaching colleague, Cliff Mello, was quick to point out that throughout his career at Hamilton-Wenham coach Hoak was admired by administrators, faculty, staff, fellow coaches, students, and athletes for the leadership qualities he brought to his craft. Whether on the diamond or basketball court not only did he manage to bring out the best in each of his athlete but did so by maintaining high standards for himself and for his teams. For all of your coaching achievements and your induction into the MBCA Hall of Fame, congratulations Doug!