DANVERS — When Brian St. Pierre was a small child, he relished going to football games at St. John’s Prep with his father, Dr. David St. Pierre, who was the team doctor.
Now he’s looking forward to the day he can take his own young sons with him to a game at St. John’s -- especially now that he’s the team’s head coach.
St. Pierre, the former St. John’s Prep quarterbacking great who went on to stardom at Boston College and a career in the NFL, was officially named the Eagles’ new head coach yesterday in a press conference at the school. He replaces his former coach, Jim O’Leary, who stepped down on Thursday but will remain on as the school’s athletic director.
“He would hand me off to a player on the sideline when he had to tend to somebody who got hurt,” St. Pierre said yesterday, remembering the times he’d attend games with his father. “My dad (a star QB himself) played for Fred Glatz (at the Prep) and used to tell me stories about those days. At the time I only knew two names; Fred and Jim O’Leary.
“This is a tremendous honor; I am very humbled. The memories I had playing for Coach O’Leary stand out, and I agonized over this decision. The time I had as an assistant coach here was one of the best ever, and I wasn’t in any rush to be the head coach. I knew Coach had been thinking about (stepping down) for a long time; I wish he would be coaching forever, but if anybody was going to follow in his footsteps I wanted it to be me. My two boys can be around with me working here.”
After 30 years as head coach, O’Leary turned the program over to his former player. He started as an assistant to Glatz in 1977 and had 207 wins in his illustrious head coaching career.