Search Committee Formed To Hire Framingham High Football Coach

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Athletic Director Paul Spear has formed a search committee to hire a new Framingham High head football coach.

Earlier this month, Framingham High football coach Gary Doherty submitted his resignation. Source was the first media outlet to report the resignation.

Spear said the position has been advertised on the MIAA website, the district’s website, and additional locations.

The deadline to apply is April 3.

The salary for the football coach positionis set by the Framingham Teachers Association contract. The stipend is under $10,000.

“I want the process to be as transparent as possible, but want to get the right person for the job,” said Spear.

Appointed to the search committee by Spear were: Tom Lamb, Kathy Hauck, Bob DeSaulnier, Pete Foley, and Ron Sudmyer.

Lamb was the award-winning Hall of Fame football coach at Natick High for almost 4 decades. DeSaulnier is a Hall of Fame football coach. Sudmyer is a former Framingham High vice principal who served as interim athletic director for Framingham High before Spear was hired. Hauck is a Framingham Parks & Recreation Commissioner. Foley is a former award-winning swim coach, who serves as a MIAA tournament director and member of the Swimming & Diving Rules Committee at National Federation of State High School Associations.

Looking to “ascertain the wishes and needs of the community and assess the current program,” the committee will meet with all “current stakeholders” to gain input.

The Committee will meet with:

  • Football parents on March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Framingham High library.
  • Football players on March 30.
  • Current football coaches involved at all levels at Framingham High on March 31.

Each of threee groups will also be asked to participate in a survey about the program, which has struggled with wins on the field.

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.

“We want the program to be as competitive as possible,” said Spear.”We will hire the most qualified coach we can find.”

Spear said after the application deadline closes, the search committee will reviews applications and interview candidates.

He said a group of finalists will be brought in for an hour-long interview in early April.

Spear said he wanted to have a more “interactive process” for hiring coaches, and this new process allows “all stakeholders” to have a say.

The process he said is modeled somewhat like the process to hire a new Superintendent for Framingham, and the current process to hire a new Framingham High principal, except that finalists names will not be released.

After the search committee completes its final round of interviews, t committee’s top candidates will meet with Framingham High School administration.

The decision on a new football coach will be made by Spear and current High School Principal Elyse Torbert.

Spear said he hopes to announce a new football coach during the first week of May.

The Athletic Director said he plans to use a similiar process to hire a new head boays basketball coach for Framingham High too. His goal is to announced a new basketball coach before the end of the school year.

Current boys basketball head coach Ben Torbert will be leaving at the end of the school year. He and his wife Elyse Torbert will be moving to the West Coast.


Petroni Media Company photo of Doherty during a game during the 2016 season.


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