, Salem, MA


September 4, 2010

How did our great coaches fare — against each other?

Salem's Perrone the big winner in head-to-head matches


Technically, Broderick wasn't on the sidelines that Thanksgiving Day because he'd left the team midway through the season due to illness. He is credited with the victory, though, and went 1-0 against the other coaches on our list. Walsh was 0-1.

Amazingly, in the 362 games he coached at Ipswich, Jack Welch had just one game against another coach on our list. It was in 1986, Bondelevitch's final year at Swampscott, that the Tigers and Big Blue met with Swampscott taking home a 21-12 decision. So Welch, whose career winning percentage was .627, was 0-1 against the coaches on our list.

Bondelevitch himself was 6-8-1 against the other coaches on our list including a 3-4 mark against Perrone, the win over Welch, a 1-3 record against Hamor, and an even 1-1 against Glatz. But his eight undefeated teams was more than enough to make him number one in our eyes.

The only coach who never had a single game against another man on our list is Swamspcott's Steve Dembowski, who has been in charge of the Big Blue since 1999.

St. John's Prep's commander of Eagles, Glatz went 5-7 against our greats. He was 3-6 in a heated rivalry with Adamopoulos and Peabody, split with Bondelevitch's Big Blue and beat Perrone's Witches in their only meeting.

Speaking of the Prep-Peabody rivalry, Jim O'Leary went 2-1 against Nizwantowski in his only games against fellow coaches. Of course, the loss was the only Super Bowl meeting between the coaches we chose: The legendary 1993 showdown at Boston University in which the Tanners steamrolled the Eagles, 36-0.

As for Niz, he went 5-9-1 against the men on our list with the trouble coming against Perrone's Salem Witches (4-7-1) in addition to the 1-2 mark against O'Leary.

There you have it, exactly how our coaches stack up against each other head-to-head. Certainly the sample sizes aren't equal and some rivalries were better than others. But it was a lot of fun to think about, and we hope our readers enjoyed the series as much as we enjoyed producing it.

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Matt Williams is a staff writer at The Salem News. Contact him at or call 978-338-2669.

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