Boston High School: Rich Fisher

Rivers hires Bentley assistant Keohane

March, 25, 2011
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The Rivers School announced today that is has hired former Bentley University assistant Dan Keohane as its new football head coach.

Keohane also served on the staff at Waltham High from 1976 to 2003, the last 14 years as the Hawks' head coach. As a head coach, he compiled a 101-31-1 record and twice appeared in an MIAA Eastern Mass Super Bowl, including a thrilling 21-20 overtime win over Bridgewater-Raynham in the 1991 Division 1B Super Bowl.

“Coach Keohane is a highly qualified and passionate coach who understands not only who we are, but also what is needed to provide our football players with a quality experience,” Rivers athletic director Jim McNally said in a statement. “He is a proven professional educator who understands kids, knows how to motivate and communicate with them, and makes their needs his priority.”

Keohane replaces Rich Fisher, who early last month accepted a position as wide receivers coach at the University of Nebraska.

“This is not just a great football program but a great school,” Keohane said in the same statement. “From my first moments on campus I’ve really felt at home. I’m eager to coach a successful team and continue Rivers’ winning ways.”

Nebraska football announces Fisher's hiring

February, 17, 2011
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As reported last week on ESPNBoston.com, University of Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini officially confirmed the hiring of former Rivers head coach Rich Fisher as wide receivers coach Wednesday night. Fisher initially resigned from the Weston campus on Feb. 7 after guiding the Red Wings to a 12-5 record and a NEPSAC Bowl appearance in two seasons. One of Fisher's star players, senior wideout/safety Taariq Allen, also signed a letter of intent with the Huskers on Feb. 2.

From Nebraska media relations:

Fisher, a backup linebacker on three Big Eight conference championship teams at Colorado (1989-92), was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, Colorado and Idaho. After becoming a partner in a golf academy business in Boston, Fisher became a high school head football coach at the Rivers School in Boston in 2009. The program had not experienced a winning season since the 1970s and last season averaged more than 40 points a game and went 8-0 before losing a prep bowl game.

Last week, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick offered a few words to ESPNBoston.com on his friend:

"Coach Fisher has done a tremendous job with the Rivers football program," he said. "He is a great teacher and an even finer person. I wish him nothing but the best as his coaching career blossoms."

Source: Nebraska football taps Fisher

February, 11, 2011
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Former Rivers School head football coach Rich Fisher has accepted a position on Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's staff as a wide receivers coach, according to a source close to the situation.

Fisher resigned earlier this week as the Red Wings' head coach after two stellar seasons. He oversaw a remarkable turnaround at the Weston campus, as the Red Wings went 12-5 in his two years there. This past season, they went 8-0 in the ISL -- their first winning season since 1983 -- and lost to Pingree on a last-second blocked field goal return in a NEPSAC Bowl game at Gillette Stadium.

Prior to Rivers, Fisher was part of three Big Eight championship and one national championship squad at Colorado (1989-92), and served as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State (95-97, defensive backs) and Colorado (97-99, wide receivers), before moving over to Idaho under Tom Cable from 1999-2003. He coached wide receivers his first season, before switching to linebackers the last three.

He leaves Rivers sending two of his players off to Division 1 schools: Ben Patrick, who ran for over 1,700 yards this season and will walk-on at UMass; and his cousin, highly-touted wideout/safety Taariq Allen, who decommitted from UConn last September and signed a letter of intent with the Huskers last week.

The source said the University will announce Fisher's hiring early next week.

Fisher steps down at Rivers

February, 9, 2011
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Rich Fisher confirmed this afternoon to ESPNBoston.com that he resigned yesterday morning as head coach of the Rivers School.

Fisher oversaw a remarkable turnaround at the Weston campus, as the Red Wings went 12-5 in his two years there. This past season, they went 8-0 in the ISL and lost to Pingree on a last-second blocked field goal return in a NEPSAC Bowl game at Gillette Stadium.

This marks the second resignation of an ISL head coach in less than a week. Last Friday, Mike Taylor stepped down after three seasons at Lawrence Academy.

Antenucci's block carries Pingree to bowl title

November, 20, 2010
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For a moment, Nick Antenucci felt as though he had let his team down. With his only carry of the game, the Pingree sophomore fullback gained three yards and lost a fumble, setting up Rivers for a scoring drive late in the second quarter that increased their lead to 21-6.

“When I fumbled, it was awful,” said Antenucci. “I felt horrible about it. We just had to battle back.”

Antenucci didn’t get another carry for the remainder of the game, but he redeemed himself. He returned a blocked Rivers field goal 82 yards for a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Pingree a victory in the NEPSAC Norm Walker Bowl at Gillette Stadium, 36-28.

Pingree (9-0) senior Kyle Jamerson blocked the 28-yard field goal attempt and then escorted Antenucci down the sideline. Antenucci broke a tackle at the Rivers six yard line before hitting pay dirt to complete the Highlanders’ second-half comeback.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers. “You think all we’re trying to do is block the kick. You never know how the ball’s going to bounce.”

Pingree’s offense, which averaged just over 40 points per game coming into its matchup with Rivers, found its rhythm in the second thanks to its passing attack.

On the Highlanders’ first drive of the third quarter, senior quarterback Brendan Oliver (9-15, 176 yards; 9 carries, 58 yards) caught the Rivers (8-1) defense off guard when he found Jamerson for a quick eight-yard touchdown pass to cap a 60-yard drive and cut the lead to 21-12.

After a touchdown run by the Red Wings' Taariq Allen, Oliver went to the air again and answered with a 42-yard touchdown strike to William Walfield (three catches, 75 yards; six carries, 63 yards). A two-point conversion brought the Highlanders within one score of the Red Wings.

On what turned out to be Pingree’s last offensive drive of the game, Oliver found Jamerson (three catches, 87 yards) for 47 yards down the sideline to set up a one-yard Kenny Adinkra (three carries, 37 yards) touchdown run. Oliver’s two-point conversion toss to Antenucci tied the game at 28 with 6:08 remaining.

“We knew that we score points in bunches,” said Powers. “We’ve done it all year. There’s been several times we’ve scored 30 points in a quarter. We felt like we needed to tell [the players] to be confident we could get the points because they come in bunches for us.”

Rivers jumped on Pingree in the first half by forcing three turnovers. Before the Red Wings scored after recovering Antenucci’s fumble, they scored twice off of Oliver interceptions. On Oliver’s first pass of the game he was picked off by Red Wings defensive end Nicholas Lund, who returned the pick 39 yards for a touchdown.

On Pingree’s next series, and Oliver’s next pass attempt, he was intercepted by Rivers’ Carlin Haymon. Just over three minutes later, Rivers running back Ben Patrick scored from one yard out to make the score, 13-0.

Patrick (nine carries, 40 yards), who rushed for 1,817 yards this season, left the game at the end of the third quarter with a left hip injury and did not return. It was a big blow to the two-headed offensive attack that featured cousins Patrick and Allen. Allen was also not at 100 percent, as he played through a high ankle sprain suffered the week before.

“I’m so proud of the kids,” said Rivers coach Rich Fisher. “To do what they did, and for guys to play positions they haven’t even played and battle back — we still had a chance to win in the end.”

Despite his ankle injury, the Nebraska-bound Allen rushed for 142 yards on 28 carries. He rushed 21 times in the second half, and got Rivers down to the Pingree 10 yard line with time running out, but Benjamin Marcus’s field goal was blocked and Antenucci became the hero.

“We worked so hard,” said Antenucci. “To win, especially here (at Gillette Stadium), it’s just the best feeling.”

Other notes:

* Bill Belichick emerged from the depths of Gillette Stadium to catch the final moments of the fourth quarter. Belichick’s son, Stephen, attended Rivers and captained both the football and lacrosse teams his senior year. He is now a senior on the Rutgers lacrosse team.

* Rivers came up short in their bid for an undefeated season, but 2010 marked a significant turnaround for the Red Wings whose last winning season came in 1979 when they went 4-3.

PINGREE 36, RIVERS 28
PIN 6 0 6 24 --- 36
RIV 13 8 7 0 --- 28

First quarter
R – Lund 39 interception return (Marcus kick)
R – Patrick 1 run (kick fail)
P – Jamerson 32 pass from Oliver (kick failed)

Second quarter
R – Robert Costa 6 run (Shaquor Sandiford run)

Third quarter
P – Jamerson 8 pass from Oliver (pass fail)
R – Allen 6 run (Marcus kick)

Fourth quarter
P – Walfield 42 pass from Oliver (Colin Rossano pass from Oliver)
P – Adinkra 1 run (Antenucci pass from Oliver)
P – Antenucci 82 blocked kick return (Walfield run)

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