If nothing else, Arlington's newest football coach sure has the name for the job.
The Spy Ponders have appointed John Dubzinski head coach, a position that generations of Dubzinkis have enjoyed great success at.
Dubzinski replaces Dan Hirsch after a 3-8 season.
“Being a head coach has always been a dream of mine,” said Dubzinski. “Arlington has all the ingredients for a great football program.”
Dubzinski comes from a long line of prestigious Central Massachusetts coaches, including his grandfather Walter, his uncle Walter, and his father John who are all members of the Massachusetts State Football Coaches Hall of Fame. His cousin Michael has led Wachusett to a plethora of wins over the past few seasons.
Dubzinski started out as an assistant coach for Everett before spending the last two years under coach Rico Dello Iacono at Medford, which went winless last year. He knows that football is about much more than wins and losses.
“The impact a coach can have on a kid can go on for years,” he said. “Hard work, discipline, working with a team towards a single goal.”
Dubzinski expressed anxiousness to get the ball rolling at Arlington, starting with building a coaching staff, meeting the players, and building connections with the community. His dealings at Medford gave him the patience that a rebuilding program needs, while his Everett experience gave him a feel for the hard work necessary to sustain a winning program both on and off the field.
So should the Massachusetts State Football Coaches Hall of Fame start clearing space for another Dubzinski?
“Let's try to make it through the first year,” he said. “Then we can see where we are at.”
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