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January 8, 2014

Rogers steps down as Danvers football coach

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“The tutelage that John Sullivan has given me the last seven years (including time Rogers spent as an assistant football coach under Sullivan) was invaluable to me,” Rogers said.

This past season was especially rewarding for Rogers, from his team’s upset home win over defending Super Bowl champion Beverly in Week 2 (following a shutout loss to Marblehead in their opener to week before) to his team clinching the school’s second-ever playoff berth and winning the NEC South crown.

The tragic events of Danvers High teacher Colleen Ritzer being murdered last October brought the tight knit Danvers community even closer; Rogers said those horrible days afterwards saw his own team pull together “and get much closer as a family. I thought it was a defining moment, something that strengthened the bond of our team for a lot of our kids.”

Rogers, who is engaged, said he would like to coach again if the right situation came up. He’ll still have the chance to work with several of his football players in spring track, which he also coaches.

He also stated he believes the team’s 2014 captains — Richie Martino, Nick Andreas, Chris Behen and Cris Valles — will step up and fill the leadership gap until a new coach can be appointed. “I have no doubt those four guys will keep the offseason conditioning going and be great leaders for the entire program,” he said.

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