Boston English is searching for just its third head football coach in 38 years after Chris Boswell was released from the position last month.
Hall of Fame and former Natick High coach Tom Lamb, who has served as English’s assistant the past few seasons, is leading the search for the new coach. He also said he is trying to keep the current players in the weight room and in study hall until a new coach is hired.
“I’m hoping to stay a part of the program,” Lamb said during a recent telephone interview. “I’m trying to be that consistent piece right now to hold them into football, keep them involved. … I wish I was younger because I have the spirit but I’m in a situation where I enjoy helping a lot but we’re looking for a younger coach for the future.
“Bos did a nice job and the kids loved him. We made some progress but it didn’t work out.”
After taking the program over three seasons ago from long-time head coach Keith Parker, who took over the program in 1974, Boswell (4-27) said he was released from his duties on Dec. 17.
“It is what it is, I’m not vengeful or upset,” Boswell said. “It was a great opportunity and a lot of fun. I wanted to stay.”
English finished this past season 3-7 after a 44-15 loss to rival Boston Latin on
Thanksgiving Day at Harvard Stadium.
But the program seemed to be on the mend earlier in the year when Boswell recorded his first non-forfeit victory. The 14-6 victory came against New Mission, a first year program. The following week English shut out South Boston 14-0 before a spirited 22-14 overtime loss to O’Bryant the next week. English bounced back to beat Charlestown 38-8 before losing to Madison Park — a team that lost in the Super Bowl — by a count of 6-0.
Boswell, who has taught physical education the last four years at the Edison K-8 School, served as a long-time assistant coach at Thayer Academy before taking his first head coaching job at English. He said he might land in an assistant coaching job in the fall or take a season off from coaching.
Lamb said anyone interested in applying for the Boston English job should email a cover letter and resume to himself at Lamb621@yahoo.com and to the school’s athletic coordinator Barry Robinson at email@example.com.
“We made a small step [last season] and we’ll see if we can make another major step,” Lamb said. “So we’re trying not to be too specific. We’re looking for a real good coach to take us to the next level. You don’t want to get too specific in details because good coaches come from all kinds of backgrounds.”
Robinson said he's looking for a coach who can improve the program's lackluster headcount over the last few seasons.
"I would like to see whoever comes in to be honest with you show me 30 to 40 boys," Robinson said. "Can it happen? Sure it can happen but it's going to take a tremendous amount of work. "We need someone who is energetic and can beat the bush, roll up their sleeves and recruit within the building.
We have to have someone who can build the program. someone who is innovative and just willing to get down in the trenches and build a program. It doesn't matter if they have city experience, suburban experience or country experience. A football coach is a football coach."
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