Wellesley High School has announced the hiring of Jim Connolly a prolific scoring in high school, college and the pros, as its new boys’ lacrosse coach. He succeeds Rocky Batty, who led the Raiders from 2008-2017 before heading off to join Boston University’s lacrosse coaching staff over the summer.
Connolly graduated from North Andover High School with the most goals (324) ever of any high school player, and led UMass to its first Final Four appearance back in 2006 by scoring the game-winning goal that sent them into the semi-finals.
He played professionally for 7 years, including for the Boston Cannons. Connolly retired as a player in 2016, and has been running the non-profit Gorilla Lax organization.
WHS Athletic Director John Brown says Connolly’s background and passion should prove to be a great combination for coaching student athletes at the high school.