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Friday, November 26, 2010
Bill Tighe, nation's oldest prep coach, retires at 86


LEXINGTON, Mass. -- Longtime Lexington High football coach and octogenarian Bill Tighe retired after the Minutemen shut out Burlington 14-0 on Thursday.

The 86-year-old was the nation's oldest prep football coach. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Tighe, with his trademark dry humor, reminded players, assistants, fans and media that he had lost in his final games in high school player at Ashland, as a running back at Boston University and at his two previous coaching stops at Wakefield and Malden.

Tighe finished his high school coaching career 268-233-13.

"I said I want it, 1-for-5 [in final games], and I'd appreciate everything you can do to bring it about," said Tighe, when asked about his pregame speech. "So that's what I left them with, that was the message."

Signs featuring some famous "Tighe-isms" littered the fencing along the home side's bleachers with phrases such as "Films don't lie", "Get out of the fog!", "You look like Mickey the Dunce out there!" and "You block like a marshmallow!"