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March 22, 2014

Worth retires from North Shore Tech football post; will stay on as athletic director

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North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie went 8-4 in 2012, ultimately losing to Cathedral in the Division 4A semifinals just one year after the team went 2-9. After the season, Worth was named the MIAA Football Coach of the Year.

“I really want to thank the kids from the bottom of my heart. Without them there wouldn’t be a program. There’s been a ton of them I can’t name them all in a newspaper article, but they’re the ones who deserve everything.” said Worth.

“I knew this day would come. Every year you think ‘I’d like to end with this class,’ but then the next class is just as good and the next class is just as good.”

Worth coached a variety of sports, from baseball and basketball at North Shore Tech to skiing at Masconomet. But his true calling was always football. While most kids his age grew up dreaming of becoming the next Bart Starr, Worth wanted to be more like Vince Lombardi.

“From the time I was a kid I wanted to be a head coach football coach. I coached Lynn Pop Warner when I was a sophomore in high school. Football’s been in my blood forever,” said Worth.

“To have started the program and taken it to where we are fairly successful, it’s a dream come true. It was a blast coaching these tough, hard-nosed kids who played the right way.”

There are several reasons Worth finally felt comfortable stepping down. For one thing, last season’s 7-4 campaign was the most memorable season in Worth’s tenure considering the Bulldogs had such low expectations coming in. The junior class proved to be deep in talent and character, allowing Worth a level of comfort leaving the program in someone else’s hands considering the strong senior class for next fall.

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