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August 24, 2010

Bill of Goods

Hamor took reins at a crucial time in Panther football history — and delivered

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"But it was still a great experience for our kids that whole week, practicing in Foxboro and staying overnight in a hotel, which we'd never done before. I wish we had a better outcome, but it was quite an accomplishment to get there."

Respect from his players

Almost 22 years later, it doesn't bother Trefry that Beverly lost a Super Bowl game to Dracut. He said the Swampscott game a few weeks earlier "had more hype than the Super Bowl," and he has great memories from that entire period.

Long after he's forgotten the scores and game situations, he's going to remember what it was like to play for Billy Hamor. For Trefry, it was a life-changing experience.

"I was in fourth or fifth grade and just starting to get into football when Coach Hamor became the Beverly coach," said Trefry, now 40 years old. "My Dad would take me to games or practices and I would watch him, and he was like a God to me. I think if he'd said a word to me, I would've melted.

"A few years later, it was totally engrossing to play for him. He was so perfect for a teenager growing up in Beverly. He had great integrity; never demeaned anyone. He built you up and made you feel you could accomplish things. He never faked anything to anybody.

"His players were treated with complete respect," added Trefry. "To this day, I draw on things I learned from Coach Hamor."

BILL HAMOR — BY THE NUMBERS

1 — Only coach to lead Beverly to a Super Bowl berth (1988)

3 — Northeastern Conference champions (1984, '85, '88)

76 — Wins during the 1980s, the most by any North Shore football coach

hamor hammers away

After Beverly High's football team suffered five straight losing seasons from 1975-79, Billy Hamor turned the program around in a significant way with 10 straight winning years, including a Super Bowl appearance in 1988. Here's the lowdown

1980: 6-4

1981: 8-2

1982: 6-3-1

1983: 6-3-1

1984: 9-1 (NEC champion)

1985: 9-1 (NEC champion)

1986: 7-3

1987: 8-2

1988: 10-1 (NEC champion, Super Bowl qualifier)

1989: 7-3

DECADE TOTALS: 76-23-2

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