BC High didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach, naming defensive coordinator Joe Gaff to succeed Jon Bartlett.
‘‘I’m extremely humbled and very excited to be taking on this position,’’ Gaff said in a release from the Dorchester school. ‘‘BC High is a warm and welcoming community that haqs provided me with great opportunity for personal growth. Jon Bartlett is certainly a touch act to follow, but the squad coming up is a very fine group of young men.’’
Gaff has been BC High’s defensive coordinator the last four years. Last fall, the Eagles had the second best defense in Division 1, allowing just 13.9 ppg. A 26-year veteran of the Everett police department, Gaff has 11 years of head coaching experience including time at Chelsea, Matignon, and Malden Catholic. He also served as an assistant coach at Tufts for three years.
‘‘We are thrilled to have Joe lead our program,’’ said Bartlett, who will remain as BC High’s athletic director. ‘‘... he understands the vision of our program and the core values of our school.’’
Bartlett announced he was stepping down in April after four years as head coach. Last fall, BC High went 10-3 and won the Division 1 Super Bowl, beating Needham 21-7 at Gillette Stadium.
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