It isn’t a stretch to call former Stoneham High
School teacher and track coach Alain Rocher the father of the highly
successful girls’ track program at SHS.
A native of France who taught the French language,
the nuances of track and field and thousands of valuable life lessons
during his 36-year career at SHS, Rocher was highly successful both on
and off the track.
Rocher was a constant at all manner of high
school-related events during his teaching and coaching tenure, and
finished with more than 300 career wins in both boys’ and girls’
cross-country and track.
Stoneham High achieved a cross-country state
championship, a Middlesex League indoor track championship in 1994, and
captured an amazing six Middlesex League titles in girls’ spring track
during his lengthy coaching career.
Rocher’s girls were Division II State Champs in
1999 as well as three-time Class C State Champions and six-time Class C
Relay State Champions. The affable, worldly-wise Rocher coached
tremendous Hall of Fame track talents such as Kristin Seabury, Maura
McCusker, and Michelle Gagne over his three plus decades with the
“Mr. Rocher was the best coach that I’ve ever had
in my athletic career, and it went so far beyond the athletic aspect of
it,” said Gagne. “If you were having a bad day you could talk to him
about things going in your life, and that meant so much to so many of
the girls that played for him. He is the best.”
Rocher was deservedly recognized for his stunning success on the track,
and was a four-time Globe All-Scholastic Coach of the Year in spring
track. The SHS track legend left such a lasting impression at Stoneham
High that the outdoor track was renamed the, “Wayne Fillback-Alain
Rocher Track & Field Facility” in May, 2007.
Rocher retired from teaching and coaching in 2001,
but remains active as an MSTCA offi cial at local meets and still lives
in Stoneham with his wife Barbara. Their son and his family reside in