Fairfield Prep said it would scour the state for a coach who would revive their proud football program. But ultimately the administration decided it would just stay in-house and turn back the clock.
The school Thursday announced the hiring of freshman coach, English teacher and alumnus
Thomas Tom Shea (his real name is William), who — if you remember — was a finalist for the job last season along with deposed coach Billy Pinto. According to a press release, Shea met with the team on Wednesday.
Though Shea is a relative unknown in local high school circles, he’s had a long and distinguished career. A 1973 Fairfield Prep graduate, he only recently returned to the school after a prosperous career in business as the founder and chief business executive at several communications ventures, according to the release. He played football at Fairfield Prep and at Harvard, where he received a BA. Later, he received a masters of sciences at the London School of Economics.
He’s been teaching English at Fairfield Prep for the past five years, during which time he became the freshman coach under Rich Magdon.
Shea was a front-runner for the job when Magdon stepped aside in 2008. Though he didn’t get the job, he stayed on as an assistant under Pinto during last year’s 0-10 season.
“I am honored and proud to be named just the eighth coach in Prep football history, and I look forward to working with our young men to revitalize our winning traditions,” Shea said in a statement. “I feel we have the talent to be a good football team, but it is up to the players and their level of commitment and dedication to determine when that will be.”
We’ll have more later on this. For now, discuss…