Under O’Leary, the Eagles always played one of the toughest schedules in the state, and never ducked any team that wanted to take them on. He coached the Shriners Game three years and served as a coach in the Agganis Classic three times. He also helped countless players with the dream of playing college football.
Former NFL players Rob Konrad, Brian St. Pierre (the new Prep football coach), Wayne Lucier, and Jonathan Goff all got their start playing for coach O’Leary. Matt Antonelli, Jeff Mackor, Brian Lentz, and Ryan Leahy went on to pro baseball careers while John McCarthy is an NHL player. New Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien played football under O’Leary.
“A lot of people I looked up to over the years are in the Hall of Fame. Jimmy O’Connor, Ken Perrone, and Fred Glatz are all there so it’s very nice to be part of that group,” he said.
O’Leary was named Coach of the Year in 2009 by the Association of New England Football Officials, a very prestigious honor given annually to a coach displaying the highest ethical standards and promoting those qualities in his players.
Hall of Fame chairman Sandy Ruggles officially made the announcement this week, but O’Leary heard about it earlier from his close friend Charlie Stevenson, the Xaverian AD and football coach.
“Charlie’s our league representative in the association, and he called to tell me,” said O’Leary. “I just wish there was some way all my assistant coaches could share it with me. It will be a nice night, and I only have to make a five minute speech.”