We Say Good-Bye to One of Masco's Long-Time Coaches
We want to inform you about the loss of a long time coach of Masco Youth Hockey, Richard "Dicky" LeColst. He was a youth coach for decades including coaching our own Dave Symmes and Doug MacInnins' brother. He passed away Monday, January 24th after a courageous battle with cancer. You can find his obituary here in The Salem News.
From Dave Symmes:
Dicky was one of a kind. It was not uncommon for him to be the head coach for multiple teams of the program each season and pretty sure he was always at least a Head Coach for one team and an Assistant Coach for at least one other team throughout his years with Masco.
Prior to his involvement in MYH, the Masco High School team failed to make the State tournament from 1978/1979 until 1989/1990. The teams from 1989/1990 and on began to make the tournament year after year. These teams were all coached consistently at the youth hockey level by Dicky.
I [Dave Symmes] personally was "scared to death" of him, yet received some of the best coaching advice and was taught life lessons.. He expected all his players to work hard every shift every practice, and be accountable to each other. If you were sandbagging it, not only did you skate extra, the whole team skated extra. He made every player he coached a better hockey player and person.
Dicky has requested expressions of sympathy be made, on his behalf, in donations to our organization.
Masco Youth Hockey, PO Box 441, Topsfield, MA 01983