Boyle coached the Red Raiders from 2003 to 2009, then returned to the sidelines for the 2010-11 season after a one-year hiatus. This past season was one of the Raiders' most successful in recent years, going 17-3 in the regular season and achieving as high as a No. 2 ranking in ESPN Boston's statewide pool, before bowing out to Everett in the MIAA Division 1 North quarterfinals. Boyle also coached the football team from 1997 to 2006, twice winning Merrimack Valley Conference titles, before stepping down due a conflict with the athletic department, which wished for him to choose coaching either sport but not both.
Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald has pointed out several interesting names for candidates in an entry posted on the newspaper's high school blog: current Tewksbury coach Phil Connors; Jack O'Brien, formerly of Charlestown; and Sean Connolly, who stepped down from St. John's Prep earlier this offseason.
O'Brien experienced major success in stops at Salem, where he won the 1990 Division 2 state title with former All-American Rick Brunson; and Charlestown, where he won five Division 2 state titles between 2000 and 2006. His 2002 Charlestown squad, considered one of MIAA's best of the last quarter-century, finished No. 16 in USA Today's final poll, and ultimately produced seven Division 1 scholarship players. He has remained out of coaching since backing out of the Lynn English job on the first day of practice in the 2006-07 season, but his name has come up in several searches, most significantly Somerville in 2008.
Connolly, a Peabody native, starred at Bishop Fenwick in the mid to late 1990's before enduring a successful career first at Providence College, then Ohio State. After some success coaching his alma mater Fenwick, Connolly took the Prep job in 2008 and coached the Eagles to their first state title in 2011. He went 89-25 in five seasons at Prep, including a 10-4 mark in the postseason.