Originally posted at 4:07 p.m. Updated again Thursday night.
FRAMINGHAM – Long-time Framingham High football coach Gary Doherty has submitted his resignation.
Doherty, who was the coach of the football team in 2000, when the Flyers won the Division 2 Super Bowl, has struggled as coach for Framingham lately.
The football team won just one game this past 2016 season, finishing 1-11. The team was winless in 2015, and won just two games the previous season.
Doherty has accepted a position at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro.
Doherty was removed as athletic director in 2015, before the school year began, by then Superintendent Stacy Scott.
An interim athletic director was in place for the 2015-16 school year, and this year former Framingham High boys hockey coach has been interim athletic director.
Doherty met with his assistant coaches and players on Thursday, March 2 to give them the news of his resignation.
In a letter we wrote his “announcement comes hours after I found out one my former players (from another school) may have taken his own life.”
Writing to the Flyers football community Doherty said the “reason I bring this up, while thinking about my time here and all the wonderful young men and women I have had the pleasure to coach, it is my hope that we have taught our players how to handle adversity. One of the best experiences in my coaching career came moments after one of the toughest losses – this past year against Natick. Marcus, Anthony, Will and many other players talked emotionally about the love they have for their teammates and coaches. This bond, created out of mutual sacrifice and sweat can last a lifetime. It is the responsibility of all of you to keep it going, to look out for each other.
Doherty wrote it is his “sincere hope that all the players past and present, reach out to each other whenever they need help. Adversity comes to us all – unfortunately many of us are raised to believe that boys are not supposed to be weak or share how they feel. Reaching out for help will always be one the best decisions you can make and sometimes also one of the toughest as well. Whether it is your parent, teacher, coach, teammate or friend please ask for help and assist each other whenever you can. There are many hurdles.”
He also thanked all the players, coaches and parents who have been so supportive to the Flyer football program over the years.