The Salem News
---- — Note: Each day before the high school football season begins the Salem News sports staff will discuss a different topic as we Countdown to Kickoff.
Which legendary North Shore coach do you wish you could’ve played for?
PHIL STACEY: Jack Welch, Ipswich. I learned so much about the game being around him as a young reporter that I can only imagine how much more I would’ve soaked up had I been privileged enough to suit up for one of his Tiger teams.
MATT JENKINS: Ed Nizwantowski, Peabody. I saw first-hand how meaningful it was for the Tanner players to suit up for Coach Niz and wish I could have experienced that.
MATT WILLIAMS: Paul Ingram, Gloucester. Wildly successful coach went 84-10 with three Super Bowl titles and was one of the brightest football minds in the state for the better part of 20 years as an assistant and head man. Imagine what you’d learn just standing next to him.
GIANNA ADDARIO: Silvio Cella, Revere. After hearing old football stories from my dad, I couldn’t think of anyone better to play for. With over 100 victories as a head coach and five Greater Boston League championship titles, Cella was a legend in Revere.
JEAN DePLACIDO: Paul ‘Buster’ DiVincenzo, St. John’s Prep. Legendary leader of the Eagles in the middle of the 20th century.
DAN HARRISON: Ken Perrone, Salem. I’ve just always liked his style.