Ipswich returns some skill players on offense, including the team’s leading rusher, Derek Chamberlain (788 yards), quarterback Kyle Blomster, wideout Chris McCormack and backs Kyle Blomster and Andrew Connor. Finding some linemen, said Brotherton, will be essential.
“I think there’s a possibility we can be good right away,” said Brotherton. “With the way the new (statewide playoff system) has changed schedules, we’re playing teams on our level that we can be competitive with right away.”
Ipswich High Athletic Director Tom Gallagher cited Brotherton’s wealth of football knowledge and experience as a major factor.
“As a school we are incredibly excited and feel very fortunate to have Greg on board as our new coach,” said Gallagher. “His passion for football is great and he will undoubtedly bring a new and fresh approach to our program. We look forward to working with him to build on the storied tradition of Ipswich High School football.”
After graduating from Ipswich High in 1992, Brotherton went to Bridgton Academy in Maine for a year of prep school, then Springfield College for one year and played at Framingham State in 1994. He then joined the Army National Guard, and was later deployed to Pakistan for 10 months following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Brotherton began coaching high school ball at Georgetown in 1998 and did so for five years through 2003 (with the exception of 2002, when he was deployed). He was part of the school’s Super Bowl champions in 2000, and took over the Royals as co-head coach with Paul Swaim after three games into the 2003 campaign.
He first returned to Ipswich in 2004 as an offensive coordinator under then-head coach (and former Georgetown head coach) Rollie Hinckley before going to the police academy in 2005. He came back to Ipswich in 2006 to work for Flaherty before being hired at Lynn English in 2008.
“Ipswich pride and tradition is about the product that you see on the field and the effort you give,” said Brotherton. “I can’t wait for the season to get going.”