Sandwich High School Football Coach Resigns
By: DAN CROWLEY, July 18, 2014
The construction and improvements at Sandwich High School’s Captain Gerald F. DeConto, USN Veterans Memorial Stadium will not be the only change for the Blue Knight football team this fall. The installation of bleacher seating, lighting and a turf surface are expected to be completed this fall. But possibly the biggest and most immediate change will be at the head coaching position. Earlier this month head football coach Bill Luette resigned after nine seasons with SHS to take an assistant principal’s position at Scituate High School.
Luette is only the second coach the Blue Knights have had in their 16-year history. Head coach Joe Dawe brought the program online in 1997. Luette was hired as a physical education teacher and over the years became the chairman of the physical education, theater and arts department. Sandwich High School has posted the vacancies for both positions. The school began accepting applications July 7. The application deadline is slated for July 21. As of Monday, July 14, the school had received between 15 and 20 applications, according to athletic administrator Neil Murphy.
Blue Knight team members are moving forward over the summer in preparation for the fall football season, with weight room workouts and seven-on-seven skill clinics.
“Existing staff has been open and helpful,” Murphy said of the football assistant coaches. “For them it has been business as usual. They are volunteering their time and working toward getting the program ready.”
Coaches Pat McDonald, Chris Luette, John Rodrigues, Jamie Bousfield and Mike Miller were all assistant coaches under Luette last year.
In addition this September SHS Class of 2001 graduate Wayne MacDonald will begin his first year at Sandwich High as a physical education teacher. MacDonald taught PE at Mashpee High School last year, where he was the head coach of the boys’ lacrosse team and a football assistant coach for head coach Matt Triveri. He has also coached football at Bourne High School as the freshman coach and a varsity assistant.
“Wayne is very likely to get involved in some capacity given his connection to Sandwich High School,” Murphy said. “He was the first quarterback our football program had and was a two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star.”
The departure for Luette was bittersweet. His position at Scituate High School was not only a career move, but allows him more time with his family. He is currently coaching his son’s T-ball team and has plans to coach his youth soccer team this fall.
“It was a lot of fun,” Luette said of his time coaching at SHS. “Sure there were challenges, but I enjoy challenges. I really enjoyed teaching the kids about life through football, that’s what it’s all about. I always had two families, at home and our football team. All those guys over the nine years I was there will always be a part of my family. It’s a little depressing in that I would love to be at Sandwich football games and be a part of the new stadium. I’m very happy for the kids and the fans that the new stadium will allow them to have Friday night football under the lights. I know the kids have been working hard in the offseason and that the coaches are working to get things ready. We have always been competitive and I see the possibility for it to be a good year. The defense is strong, there is speed, a powerful running game and an experienced line. I would love to see Sandwich have a playoff team this year.”
The 2014 Sandwich High School football season begins when the players report on August 18. The team’s first scrimmage is August 23 at Durfee High School, with scrimmages slated for August 26 at Mashpee and August 29 at Plymouth South.
The regular season is scheduled to open September 5 with the Blue Knights hosting Sharon High School at the Pop Warner Field off Quaker Meetinghouse Road at 7 PM.
“The timing will necessitate a quick decision,” Murphy said of the selection of a new head coach. ““Ideally we would make a decision before the end of July. This is an exciting time for Sandwich High School football. With DeConto Stadium nearing completion we can look forward to playing Friday night football under the lights in our new stadium complex. Personally, Bill Luette was terrific to me when I came to Sandwich. He showed me around. He was a positive influence. I’m happy for him, but sad to see him leave.”
“Hopefully, the kids understand my decision,” Luette said. “They have the ability to be a great team, and I hope they take it. I’ve been coaching football for 20 years, how can I not miss it. I know without a doubt I’ll always be breaking down the X’s and O’s and watching things with a coach’s eye. It’s not going to be easy for me not to be on the field this fall with the kids. Sandwich is a great place to be, a great town and a great place to coach. I’ll really miss the Thanksgiving game and seeing all the graduates come back. As I said, everyone of those kids over the nine years I was there will always be family. It was a pleasure and an honor for me to have coached them. I’m proud of every one of them. They made my experience an absolute pleasure.”