“I don’t go out trying to win. Winning is a byproduct of the way you practice and of doing the right things,” said Bettencourt, who has a 130-53 record as baseball coach with seven league championships and one Division 1 North finals appearance.
“Discipline, dedication, relentless work ethic and good character. That’s what I expect and I believe those four things are the foundation. It’s the only way I know how to operate. I expect everybody to be on the same page, fighting for the guy next to him.”
A Lynnfield police officer, Bettencourt lives in Peabody with his wife and children. He played baseball at Boston College after graduating from Peabody High.
“If nothing else, I think we’ll have a disciplined, hard-hitting, good blocking and good tackling football team,” Sheridan said. “Mark is organized, he’s passionate and he’s knowledgeable.”
Peabody will open next year’s schedule with non-league games against Lynn English and Somerville before facing its NEC divisional foes (Salem, Revere, Winthrop, Danvers and Lynn Classical). The rest of the schedule will be determined by the MIAA as part of the new playoff system with Peabody remaining in Division 1 after being denied an MIAA appeal to move down during the rebuilding phase. Saugus, which is moving to the Cape Ann League, remains the Thanksgiving opponent.
Bettencourt plans to build relationships with the Raiders Youth Football program and hopes to meet with his high school players on Monday.
“We want to build this program up to the highest level,” Bettencourt said. “Its about getting the kids to buy in to the philosophy, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.”