High School Football: Bishop Feehan Bringing Back Gary Doherty Makes Sense

By John Sarianides

Bishop Feehan High School has hired Gary Doherty as it’s new Athletic Director and Head Football coach. This will be Doherty’s second stint with the Shamrocks. Doherty was the head coach at Feehan in 1996 and 1997. 

Doherty returns to Feehan after spending the past 19 years at Framingham High School where he served as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and as a P.E teacher.   

Doherty replaces Paul O’Boy as Athletic Director. O’Boy has held the position for the last 48 years. On the field, Doherty succeeds Kurt Smith who had a successful run at Feehan as head coach for the past seven years. Smith led Feehan to a Super Bowl win over Lynnfield in 2012.

Doherty led Framingham to their only Super Bowl title in 2000 when the Flyers beat Acton-Boxboro 38-26 in the Division 2 Super Bowl. Doherty complied a 75-138 record at Framingham.

I think this is a terrific hire for Feehan. Doherty knows the school and understands the expectations for the athletic department and football program. He knows what it takes to meet those expectations.

I have coached against Doherty for years and I know him well. His teams have always been well prepared and well coached. I think he will do a great job at Feehan. It will be interesting to see if he runs a multiple offense or if he brings the spread offense with him from Framingham. Either way, no matter what offense he runs, his presence in the building will serve Feehan well.

We always talk about finding the right fit when it comes to hiring a coach. Gary Doherty is the right fit for Bishop Feehan. 

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