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Monday, April 28, 2014
Sigsbury: 'Blue collar mentality' ripe at Billerica

By Brendan C. Hall

Earlier today, Billerica High announced the hiring of Boston Cathedral's Duane Sigsbury as its new head football coach.

Sigsbury comes with regard as a bright offensive mind, having won MIAA Super Bowls as offensive coordinator at Woburn (2005) and Reading (2009), then leading Cathedral to the Division 4A title in 2012 in his first foray as a head coach. Sigsbury also comes with a strong history of player development, having coached players such as former Denver Broncos linebacker Mike McLaughlin and current UMass linebacker Stan Andre.

This afternoon, Sigsbury offered a few more comments to ESPNBoston.com about taking the Indians job:

On his history with Billerica: "We used to play them in a preseason jamboree when I was in high school [at Reading]. I played against them in high school, and I coached against them when I was offensive coordinator at Woburn, we beat them in a nonleague game and then we beat them in the playoffs.

"I like the blue collar mentality and toughness of their kids that I both played against and watched. It's a football community. They take football seriously. They want to compete at the highest level, and that’s very exciting for me."

On Billerica's strong athletic history: "The kids that have gone there, [former Raiders fullback James] McCluskey, the Glavine family obviously...it’s a town rich in tradition of great athletes. We're hopefully looking to get the great athletes out to play football and put Billerica on the map again. Their Pop Warner program is second to none in Massachusetts. It's always been a great feeder system. It's not something I have to start, it's already there, I'm just going to put in my two cents and do what I can and keep kids in Billerica."

What kind of offense they'll run: "I think we're gonna commit to running the football and commit to stopping the run on defense, and we're gonna be physical with that mentality.

"We're gonna go right at people and eventually run between the tackles. When we get to actually coach the kids in the summer during preseason camp, that'll be when we're able to figure out what kinda team we've got. Whether we're three yards and a cloud of dust, or finesse, that'll depend on the type of athletes we've got. We’ll adapt to what we have. We’ll be multiple. We’ll do whatever it takes to be successful."

On the difficulty leaving Cathedral: The good thing is, I'm staying there as a teacher in my current role. We talked about that before I took the job. I'm glad I'm still able to teach here, that’s important. Those kids are special to me, they're great kids.

"The greatest day of my life was when I was told got job on Friday, and my worst day was today telling the kids I'd no longer be there as football coach. It was a great weekend, but this week did not start off on a great note. But it was definitely the best decision. I talked to my wife and my son about it, and it's the best decision for our family, and that's the decision I'll always make."

What he learned from his father-in-law, long-time Woburn head coach Rocky Nelson: "He was great motivator, made it fun for kids, makes the worbun kids bel in wobun and city Woburn pride trd have for game fball, make it comm event, that smthg always taken from him, great motiv and great def coach"