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February 5, 2014

Danvers hires Andover defensive coordinator Theriault as head football coach


After meeting with the players yesterday, and speaking with some of the captains during the interview process, Theriault was impressed with the maturity of his new team.

“They’re the type of kids that sit up straight and look you in the eye. You can see the discipline they have,” said Theriault. “They took a great step forward last year and you can see they’re excited to try to take another. You can’t tell they want to win, but they want to win as a team. They’re not concerned about individual stuff.”

Theriault worked at Framingham State for a year before coordinating the defense at Westford and then Andover. Coaching the Golden Warriors against some of the more advanced offenses statewide prepared him to be a head coach, he believes.

“I like to be aggressive. A lot of it is preparation, being able to line up and handle everything an offense can throw at you, and setting the tone,” the coach said. “The complexity of the offenses in the MVC prepares you for anything.”

Theriault hopes to fill out his assistant coaches in the coming weeks as he gauges interest in holdovers from Rogers staff as well as others both in the school system and from his own background. Offensively, he foresees a system that plays an up-tempo style and is similar in style to head coach E.J. Perry’s in Andover.

“One thing we always did in Andover was keep defenses on their toes. We were creative in that there was always something different you had to worry about,” Theriault said. “As a defensive coach, you know what works against you, so what we do will stem a lot from that.”

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