It’s never easy to walk away from doing what you love.
North Shore Tech football program founder Paul Worth tried it once, but after a two-year hiatus quickly found himself back patrolling the Bulldogs’ sideline.
Now, Worth is stepping down for good. Not because he doesn’t love the game anymore, but because he loves the game and his players too much.
North Shore Tech and Essex Aggie recently combined their respective athletic programs, for which Worth serves as the Athletic Director. Now that the schools are combining under one roof, the athletic department has grown — and so have Worth’s duties. Considering how much he asks his football players to put into the program, it would be unfair for Worth not to do the same. So he decided it was time for someone else to take over the football team.
Longtime assistant Greg Haberland will do just that, taking over the head coaching duties after having been the team’s assistant head coach the past three seasons.
“With the new school coming and all the things we hope to do in regard to athletics, I don’t think I can devote full-time to football,” explained the 61-year-old Worth. “This year I really felt it. I’d be out at the practice field and something would happen at the volleyball game, and I’d have to leave the field. Or something would happen on the soccer field and I would be on the football field. It was really pulling me apart.”
Worth started the North Shore Tech program nearly 20 years ago. Since its first season in 1995 the Bulldogs played just two seasons without Worth as head coach (2007-08).
In his 17 seasons as the team’s head coach, Worth was 106-91 with a Super Bowl championship (and a 12-0 record) in 1997, a 9-1 mark the next season, a Super Bowl appearance in 2004 and a personal favorite of his: a 38-13 regular-season win over Salem in 2004.