Pope John XXIII's Brian Vaughan confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has been named the new head football coach at Boston English High.
Vaughan is a 1992 graduate of Lynn English and played four years at Northeastern University. He was on Lynn English's coaching staff from 2000-2008, serving as offensive coordinator the final four seasons of his tenure. In four years as head coach at the Everett-based Pope John, he went 30-9.
For Vaughan, coaching in the Boston City League has been "a dream of mine", admitting that it will be challenging but fun -- "I think the challenge will be worth something," he said.
English's struggles as of late are well-documented. When the Bulldogs beat New Mission this past fall in Week 2, it was their first non-forfeit win over an opponent since 2009. They started this past year off 3-2, but finished with five straight losses. Still, the future looks bright.
"I feel that way [coaching in the city "a dream"] for the simple fact that I think Boston has huge potential to be...I think it's a sleeping giant," Vaughan said. "Not to be an Everett or one of those big-time programs, but I think there's so much talent in the City of Boston. I think it's a great opportunity to help build pride in the City of Boston football-wise. I'd love to be a part of that."
Vaughan was known for his spread principles during his time at Pope John, which included a record-breaking career for wide receiver Malcolm Brown. Brown finished his career with 192 receptions for 3,447 yards and 44 touchdowns, and 56 total scores, and was named to ESPN Boston's All-State Team in 2011. Vaughan said he plans on bringing the same philosophy to English with a balanced attack between run and pass.
For the last two seasons, English has also been aided by the presence of the legendary Tom Lamb, who went 248-65-2 over a span of four decades between Natick and Norwood, winning four Super Bowls and sending several players on to the NFL, most notably Alfred Fincher and brothers Doug and Darren Flutie. Vaughan played under Lamb at Northeastern, where he was Barry Gallup's offensive coordinator, and plans on retaining him.
"Tom is a friend of mine, he was a second father to me when I was at Northeastern," Vaughan said. "He was a father away from my father, we built a great relationship in those years. Coach Lamb and coach Barry Gallup, they were the ones who gave me the opportunity to play college football. A lot of schools looked at my height, my 40 time and weren't too impressed. But coach Lamb and coach Gallup gave me the opportunity to play college football.
"I'll always owe Coach Lamb for that. His knowledge of the game, his history alone as a football coach in Massachusetts, he's gonna make me that much better of a coach. I'm not quite sure yet what the titles will be [for assistants], we're gonna sit down and figure that stuff out soon."