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Bettencourt Named Head Football Coach at Peabody High

Tanners' baseball coach Mark Bettencourt will be taking the reigns of the high school football team as well.

Peabody native Mark Bettencourt is the new head football coach at Peabody High.

Athletic Director Phil Sheridan announced Thursday that Bettencourt, who is also the Tanners' head baseball coach, was hired this week after being recommended by a football coach search committee.

The Salem News reports that Bettencourt was a finalist for the job back in 2008 when Scott Wlasuk was hired instead to lead the Tanners' football club.

"The committee felt strongly that Mr. Bettencourt has the necessary skills and personal attributes that are needed in our football program right now. We believe that his passion, discipline, organizational skills and knowledge of both the game and our community uniquely qualify him as we move forward," said Sheridan in a press release.

Principal Ed Sapienza and Sheridan, in a letter to Superintendent Joe Mastrocola on Tuesday, said the committee wrapped up interviews of the candidates this past weekend and unanimously recommended Bettencourt for the job.

There were 17 applicants, but one person withdrew before interviews began and then seven candidates were interviewed by the committee. There was even discussion amongst the group on whether a second round of interviews were needed before making a final selection.

Bettencourt, who is a cousin of Mayor Ted Bettencourt, dons the uniform of Lynnfield's finest when he's not coaching. He transferred to Lynnfield from the Peabody Police Department a couple years ago.

Fellow officer and Peabody Lt. Scott Wlasuk resigned as the head football coach last fall after 4-1/2 seasons.

Daubach February 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Nepotism much?
Concerned supporter February 08, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Problem isn't the coaching at the high school , it's Inexperience coaches at younger levels, these kids should be well prepared before entering high school, you cannot teach fast enough to keep up with these other cities that train year round and there high school coaches have a interest in the youth league, it all starts years before they reach high school, if the new high school coach doesn't get involved with the youth program it will never change, it's great parents get involved helping out, but you still need the high school coaches to work with the youth program..
Coach John February 08, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Concerned supporter I can tell you that the youth program is bigger and better than ever before. We have over 220 football players from grade 1 through 8 we have won 4 Super Bowls in 2 years and the kids have great coaches giving there time. Peabody football will be back maybe not next year but real soon. These kids are hungry to succeed.
Bob February 08, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Thank GOD for the PEABODY RAIDERS... If it wasn't for the youth football program created by a great man we would be all in trouble.. Pop Warner didn't do squat for this program.. The Raiders are coaching these kids the correct and I believe Coach Bettencourt will be very involved with them and making kids go to PVMHS instead of the St Johns Preps and the Fenwick.. People don't realize how good the Peabody High School academics are... They should promote it more.. Good Luck Coach Bettencourt.... TANNER PRIDE will come back to Peabody...
John Fuller February 08, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Maybe Bettencourt will will get involved with the Youth Football, give him a chance.
Saber Walsh February 08, 2013 at 05:24 PM
These jobs really don't pay anything worth writing home about. If this were a public works job or something with real benefits, that might be different, but high school coaches across the state probably make less than $1/hour when you add up all the hours that they need to work to make things happen for our teams. Good luck to the new coach, and GO TANNERS!!!
cris anastopoulos February 09, 2013 at 08:20 PM
He already has many years as a coach in Peabody ...He's from Peabody....and Yeah there are about a thousand Bettencourts in Peabody.maybe more .....I had 26 in my home room in Higgins...back in 1976...do you want to bring up his character too.? Some day as One of Peabody's finest... He may just be there when you or one of your family members need him. NEPOTISM MY ASS >>>>you got anything good to say about anyone DUSHBACK>>>>>.
Daubach February 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Clever Cris. I happen to believe that Niz was bad for Peabody High...and that Bettencourt only got the job because of his last name....and nothing you say will change my mind. Here is something good about someone: I think that Coach Braz is a class act and sets the bar for what coaches should aspire to be. And yes....I will say it again...PEABODY=NEPOTISM.
cris anastopoulos February 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM
“I’m humbled to have this opportunity,” Bettencourt, 40, said yesterday. “As a coach, its the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since I got the baseball job. Having the chance to go back to your high school and positively impact kids the way coach (Ed) Nizwantowski and his staff impacted me when I played is an honor.”
cris anastopoulos February 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM
And I agree Frenando Braz , is a class act. A Classmate of mine and well respected by all even back in the old Higgins days . Good thing his last name wasn't Bettencourt because we'd have to toss him out too , right Daubach?
Toni February 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
If you guys don't believe that nepotism is in play here, then I have a bridge in W. Peabody to sell you. The mayor's brother-in-law coaches the varsity team, and we all see what he's done with that. Now, we'll have his cousin do the same with the football team. You mean to tell me there weren't more qualified candidates? I don't only blame the Bettencourts, I look at the athletic director, too. Get a backbone.
cris anastopoulos February 16, 2013 at 09:24 PM
And what of assistant coaches ...ect.......Who could Bettencourt want standing beside him ? Maybe someone that positively impacted him when he played so many years ago ? HMMM ? I wonder :)

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