Athlete Bio

Field Hockey
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Jodi Ann Dolan

Class of 1981

A three-sport standout who was a key part of one of the best girl's basketball teams in school history, Jodi Ann (Paglia) Dolan went on to a decorated career as a student-athlete at Tufts.

Born in the North End of Boston, Jodi and her family moved to Carlisle as she started school. Jodi grew up playing all types of sports with her siblings Celeste, Richard and Paul, all of whom are a year apart. In fact, as a sophomore at CCHS, there were four Paglia's roaming the halls at 500 Walden Street!

She started playing intramural sports on teams coached by her father at a young age, and competed in basketball, softball and field hockey for the Carlisle Middle School from fifth grade on.

Fall found Dolan playing field hockey under the watchful eye of Nancy Dreiding. A two year member of the varsity team, Dolan captained the squad as a senior in 1980, earning Dual County League All-Star honors for her play.

Winter meant basketball, and Dolan played for long-time head coach Dick DiMare for three years on the varsity. It all culminated in a memorable senior year, as the Patriots won the DCL, lost just one non-league game to powerful Westwood, and advanced all the way to the EMass Final before losing to Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

Softball was Dolan's third sport, and she lettered three years on varsity for head coach Sally Gangloff. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Jodi was class secretary for three years and was a also a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduation, Dolan headed down Rt. 2 to Tufts, where she lettered in both field hockey and lacrosse after making the spring switch from softball. In field hockey, Dolan was a four-year letterwinner and senior captain of the Jumbos, leading the squad to three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles. Dolan also played three years of lacrosse, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1982 and playing a major role in one NESCAC championship. At graduation, Dolan was honored with the prestigious Tufts Senior Award as the top Scholar/Athlete in her graduation class.

“My fondest memories of CCHS sports was the senior year basketball season, when we came so close to winning the state title,” said Dolan. “Coach DiMare was tough on all of us, but his expectations made me work hard and got the best out of me. I am grateful for my family and all of the coaches and teammates who made my experience so rewarding.”

Jodi works as an Occupational Therapist at a geriatric facility in Milford, MA. A volunteer coach at the youth level for the last 25 years, Dolan has also been a head coach of field hockey at St. Mark's School and, for the last ten years, has built the Hopkinton High lacrosse program in to a regional power. Dolan was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2006 and has been the MetroWest Daily News Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Jodi also stays busy running road races and Triathlons, and completed her first Boston Marathon in 2008. She and her husband, George, reside in Hopkinton with their four kids: Matthew, Jamie, Eric and Maggie.