“I went through a lot of coaching changes throughout my high school football career but coach Scott was the one I was closest to. He valued character and the well being of his players,” said Kevin Bettencourt, one of the captains of Wlasuk’s first team in 2008.
“My senior year of football was one the best times of my life and I would like to think that our group of seniors that was with him for his first year set a foundation.”
A number of Wlasuk’s former players were saddened to learn that he had stepped down last night.
“Coach Scott brought so much passion not just for football, but for Peabody football,” said Mike Garrity, a captain of the 2010 squad. “He always said that becoming head coach of Peabody was the second best thing that happened in his life, besides his kids being born.”
“I really thought things were headed in the right direction and its kind of a shame,” said George Haraktsis, another ‘10 captain. “He cared about us as players and if he made mistakes, he always tried to learn from them.”
Wlasuk was particularly proud of the 2011 team, which lost a number of players to an off-field incident last September. The seniors on that club rallied to win their final two games, including a comeback victory over Lynn Classical in which Wlasuk’s oldest son Sean kicked the winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
“Coach really cared about all aspects of the program and he went head over heels for his players on and off the field,” said Jason Hiou, an ‘11 captain. “It’s unfortunate that the direction is what it is, but no one person can be blamed for that. Coach did everything he could to better the program.”
“He taught me a lot about character,” added Nick Hiou, an ‘08 captain now playing at UMass Dartmouth. “He’s the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back in a heart beat.”