Earlier in her coaching career, Jodi Dolan, admittedly, would not have known what to do when word of the Boston Marathon bombing reached the practice field behind Hopkinton High on that tragic Monday afternoon.
She probably would have just yelled a little bit louder, demanded her players focus a little bit harder. “I’ve learned the hard way over the years,” said Dolan, the varsity girls’ coach at Hopkinton since the program’s inception in 2001. “When you got the extra mile for your players, they will for you too—on the field.”
Each one of her team captains this season can recall a “Jodi Moment,” an instance on the field that might have been difficult to go through, but only made them better afterward. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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