Report: Cosenza stepping down at Fitchburg

The Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg and Telegram & Gazette of Worcester are reporting this morning that legendary Fitchburg High head football coach Ray Cosenza is calling it a career with the Red Raiders.

Cosenza, who will continue as Fitchburg's athletic director, hangs it up with a career record of 194-116-1 in 29 years at Fitchburg and cross-town St. Bernard's High. His last 23 years were on the Fitchburg sideline, in which he went 165-95-1 and led the Raiders to 10 Suepr Bowl appearances, winning three (1991, 1996 and 2000).

Cosenza, 53, told reporters that he made his decision to step down over the summer, and told his staff in their first meeting before the season. He asked them to keep the news private, so as not to take attention away from the players.

"I'm very comfortable with this decision," Cosenza told the Sentinel's Chad Garner. "I have no regrets. I just felt like it was time. It's been a tough couple of weeks emotionally, obviously. I know how much I'll miss (coaching), and I'll miss the kids and the staff. I've been fortunate to coach at the greatest place in the world."