DANVERS – For just the third time since 1967, there is a new head football coach at St. John's Prep.
Athletic Director and former coach Jim O'Leary stepped down after 30 years at the helm, and on Friday, the torch was passed to former Boston College quarterback and 1998 Prep graduate Brian St. Pierre.
St. Pierre, who played in the NFL after a record-setting career at BC, captained the 1997 St. John's Prep team that went 11-0 and won a Super Bowl title.
O'Leary, who succeeded Fred Glatz as head football coach in 1984, was named athletic director in 1999, and will continue in that role. O'Leary went 207-110-2 in his tenure as head coach, and won two state championships in 1997 and 2012.
"It's with a tremendous amount of honor and humility that I accept this," St. Pierre said at the Danvers campus. "[St. John's Prep] is a place very special to me. Playing for coach [O'Leary] was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I played football for a while, but the memories I had here playing for him stand out as much as any I've had.
"I'm sad for him that after 30 years it's over for him ... I understand the responsibility before me, coach Glatz and coach O'Leary created such a winning tradition here. I'm excited to get going with the process. I love being around football."
After graduating from Boston College, St. Pierre was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round in 2003, and also played for the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina Panthers. In 2013, he returned to St. John's Prep as an assistant coach.
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