Effective Monday, Peter Flynn is retiring after 23 years as head football coach of Billerica High, the school announced in a press release this afternoon.
Flynn is the Indians' all-time winningest coach, finishing with a record of 150-96 that includes just four losing seasons, four Merrimack Valley Conference titles, and two MIAA Super Bowl Championship seasons (1993, 1999).
Two Indians under Flynn's watch had brief NFL careers -- Dana Cottrell (1993) and James McCluskey (2006). Flynn also coached two state Gatorade Players of the Year in Nick LaSpada (2009) and Mike Mastrullo (1993). LaSpada was the state's first-ever sophomore to win the award, while Mastrullo was runner-up for the national award, to Peyton Manning.
The school released several statements regarding Flynn's retirement:
Flynn: "I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity to coach in the Billerica Public Schools. Most of all, I am thankful for the young men I coached and for all the memories I have from my time at BMHS."
Dave Lezenski, Athletic Director: "Peter Flynn's legacy is an impressive and important part of Billerica Memorial High School’s rich history and tradition of excellence in football. He has served our school well through his passion for teaching young men about life lessons and football. Coach Flynn is a man of integrity. I admire and appreciate his love for all of our student-athletes and his many contributions to not only our school, but his work in the community.”
Kevin Soraghan, Principal: “Coach Flynn has been a great ambassador for BMHS and has guided our football program to one of the top programs in the state, both on and off the field of play. We are grateful for all that he has done for our football program and BMHS.”