Fairfield Prep now has a football coach. The Jesuits announced today that Tom Shea will be the eighth coach in the school’s history. The school released the following statement:
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce Tom Shea ’73, current English teacher and past Freshman and JV Football coach, has been selected as the new Varsity Football Head Coach. Tom has taught English at Prep since 2005, following a successful business career as founder and chief business executive for several communications ventures.
Tom played football for Fairfield Prep and Harvard University, where he received his B.A. He continued his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he earned a Master of Sciences.
Tom met with enthusiastic Prep students on January 20 to talk about his new position and the coming season: “I am honored and proud to be named just the 8th coach in Prep football history, and I look forward to working with our young men to revitalize our winning traditions. 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.”
I’ve met Shea and he seems like a nice guy. I’ve also heard complaints about him already. Rumors were circulating about Marce Petroccio and Dave Cadelina being interested in the position. Petroccio’s name was out there a year ago when Rich Magdon retired. I find a hard time believing that if there were serious interest from both sides that Shea would be the coach now, so I’ll chalk those up to rumors.
Either way, I think Shea will have more of an opportunity than Billy Pinto did, and here’s hoping that Shea’s coaches don’t quit on him midseason like the Jesuits’ coaching staff did this year.
It’ll be interesting to see how this change impacts Prep’s season. Prep faithful out there, you know Shea better than I, what do you think of the decision?