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March 21, 2013

Nizwantowski headed into Mass. High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Highly successful former Peabody High School football coach Ed Nizwantowski will be inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 28, at an awards banquet held at Lantana’s in Randolph.

Nizwantowski is the third football coach in Peabody High history to receive this prestigious honor, joining the late Bill Seeglitz and Art Adamopoulos, who were inducted in 1962 and 1985, respectively. All three are also members of the Peabody High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

“I am honored and very humbled to be chosen,” Nizwantowski said from Florida, where he is visiting his former University of Tampa roommate and seeing old friends.

“I was very fortunate to be blessed with good student-athletes who bought into our system. I also had great (assistant) coaches and we were all on the same page, so we didn’t need to have a lot of meetings. Most of them either played for me or for Arthur (Adamopoulos).”

Nizwantowski, a 1964 Peabody High graduate, was a three-sport star in football, hockey and baseball. He was a very mobile quarterback who did damage both running and throwing the football before going on to star at QB at Tampa.

He went on to became the Tanners’ head coach from 1982-2004, amassing a 179-64-6 overall record and leading Peabody to 19 winning seasons, including 13 straight at the end of his tenure. His teams won at least seven games each season from 1993-04 and his program had the highest winning percentage of any local team during the 1990s.

“We had the best football record in Division 1 in the entire state back then,” said Nizwantowski. “Many times we were nationally ranked. One reason for our success was so many of our quarterbacks started out as water boys when they were in the fifth and sixth grades (something Nizwantowski did as a youngster). Steve Lomasney, Billy Woods and Kevin Mulvey all got their start (that way). By the time they got to the high school, they knew our system better than I did.”

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