Multiple news outlets from the Central Mass. region are reporting this morning that Fitchburg High is going in-house for its replacement of outgoing legendary head coach Ray Cosenza.
Yesterday afternoon, Cosenza officially tapped 29-year-old Dan Walker, his defensive coordinator for the last five seasons, as his replacement. Cosenza will remain as the school's athletic director.
“I’m very excited,” Walker told the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise's Chad Garner. “I hope to carry the tradition of Fitchburg football into the future. I’m pumped and ready to go. Fitchburg has a great tradition, and I’m honored to take over such a storied program. With hard work and commitment we should be where we belong: at the top of Central Mass.”
Walker is a 2000 graduate of Narragansett Regional, where he was named to the Mass. Football Coaches Association's Super 26 All-State Team his senior year as a linebacker. He lettered in both football and baseball for Worcester State, graduating in 2005, and spent some time on the Lancers' football coaching staff before joining Cosenza's staff for the last six seasons.
Fitchburg finished 6-6 last season, bowing out to eventual Division 1 Super Bowl champion Leominster in the playoffs. Cosenza steps down after 23 seasons at the Raiders' helm with a 165-95-1 record.
“I think in the next few years we’re going to get our size back, we have some big kids coming up,” Walker told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Jim Wilson. “Ray has done a great job. Things aren’t broken, we just have to keep going and work hard and get better.”