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January 10, 2014

Search for new Danvers head football coach underway

The search for a new varsity head football coach at Danvers High School has begun, and applications are already coming in.

The team’s recent success, which included winning the Northeastern Conference South championship for the first time in eight years last fall with a 5-0 league record, will likely factor in to the number of candidates who apply, said John Sullivan, the school’s athletic director.

Sullivan said three candidates have already sent in applications, and another three have called to express their interest in the position.

Sean Rogers, who coached the team for four years, resigned Tuesday.

Rogers, a health education teacher at Danvers High, said yesterday he was looking for a multi-year contract to remain as the school’s football coach, but did not receive it and chose to step down.

In his four seasons with the Falcons beginning in 2010, Rogers’ teams improved each year, going from 1-9 to 4-7 to 5-6 to an overall record of 7-4 this past fall and qualifying for the playoffs for only the second time in school history.

“I asked for a three-year contract and was hoping I’d get three, but I would have accepted two as a sign of support,” said Rogers, who also spent 2007-09 as an assistant football coach at Danvers High under Sullivan. “I was hoping to keep working together, but wanted some assurances. But I was only offered one (year).”

Sullivan said that every coaching position at Danvers High School is a one-year contract between the coach and school that either does or does not get renewed annually. The last time a football coach received a three-year coaching position, he said, was when the school hired Butch Dzierzak more than two decades ago.

It’s unsure if any of the assistant coaches under Rogers will apply for the head coaching job. When reached last night, Anthony Callahan, who worked as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator last fall, said while he hasn’t made up his mind entirely, it is something he’s considering.

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