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October 10, 2012

Wlasuk resigns as Peabody High football coach

Matt O'Brien to take over on an interim basis

Peabody High head football coach Scott Wlasuk resigned that position yesterday and offensive assistant Matt O’Brien will take the reins on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Wlasuk was in the midst of his fifth season as head coach and steps down days after the Tanners fell to 0-5 with a 49-0 loss to Beverly.

Peabody has been outscored 224-41 in losses to Salem, Danvers, Haverhill, Gloucester and Beverly in 2012.

Yesterday afternoon, Wlasuk met with high school principal Ed Sapienza and athletic director Phil Sheridan and determined that the time had come to step away.

“I think it was time to move on,” Wlasuk said last night. “I think it was a mutual thing and I think it’s a situation where maybe some change in philosophy will be a good thing.”

Sheridan met with the football team to explain the situation yesterday. O’Brien, a 1992 Peabody High grad who has been on Wlasuk’s staff for several years, will coach his first game when the Tanners host Revere on Friday.

“Scott resigned for personal reasons and we accepted that,” Sheridan said.

Wlasuk was named head coach prior to the 2008 season and took over a program that had gone 2-19 in 2006-07. He won four games his first season, following by a 3-8 mark in 2009, a 5-6 campaign in 2010 and a 5-5 mark last year.

Overall, Wlasuk compiled a 17-31 record in 41/2 seasons as head coach. He had been a longtime assistant under former coach Ed Nizwantowski and left the program after Nizwantowski was let go in 2005. The Peabody police lieutenant was then an assistant during Dick Woodbury’s single season as head coach in 2007.

All together, Wlasuk spent close to 25 years on the Peabody High sidelines.

“When I spoke with the kids I expressed my appreciation for Scott’s efforts. I reminded them that this is a guy who bleeds Peabody blue,” said Sheridan. “This is a sad day, but we’ll move on. I told the kids they need to keep working together, and like any high school football team, to play for the guy beside them.”

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