No one was more surprised last year when lifelong Worcester resident Mark Peters was named head coach of the Wachusett Regional High School varsity baseball team than, well, Mark Peters.
The 60-year-old Peters had moved on from coaching after the 2012 American Legion season, his 16th year as head coach of East Side Post 201. He had made a seamless transition from coach to umpire.
“It was great,” said Peters, who still lives in the Clark Street house he grew up in with his wife, Patricia. His son, Michael, who played baseball and football at St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School and then for two years at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., grew up there as well. “I really enjoyed umpiring; it kept me involved, kept me connected to the game.”
All was good for Peters, who has spent the last seven years as a middle school physical education teacher at Worcester’s Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School. He had coached baseball in the city for more than 20 years – four as head coach at Burncoat High, and then another 16 for East Side. He also was the athletic director at St. Peter-Marian for several years.
Peters was content; his life seemed complete.
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