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December 26, 2013

Eagle-Tribune Fall Coaches of the Year

Football: Coach A enjoys Super Bowl success

After waiting for 15 years to return to the peak of Massachusetts high school football, the moment couldn’t have been any sweeter for Chuck Adamopoulos as he stood to the side of the trophy stage at Gillette Stadium.

“It’s a lot of satisfaction,” said the overjoyed Central Catholic coach, who boasts a 122-63 career record. “It’s been a long journey, and I am just so happy for these kids.”

Many were also thrilled for Adamopoulos — known affectionately as “Coach A” to just about everyone that knows him. His Raiders were crowned Division 1 state champions on Dec. 7, the first title for the Central football team since the Niall Murphy-led EMass. Division 2 Super Bowl champions in 1997 and 1998, Adamopoulos’ first two seasons.

Football has always been in Adamopoulos’ blood. His father was Mass. Football Coaches Hall of Famer Arthur Adamopoulos (the original Coach A). Chuck played his high school football at Pentucket (class of 1977) for Tom Flaherty.

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Adamopoulos coached for the Sachems under Steve Hayden before moving to Central Catholic, where he has coached as an assistant and head coach for 30 years. He is also a business teacher at Central.

“We heard from players that played here 15 or 20 years ago,” said the 54-year-old Adamopoulos, whose son, former Eagle-Tribune All-Star Zak, was on the sidelines helping the coaching staff during the Super Bowl. “That is something really special.”

Boys Soccer: Wood successfully followsa coaching legend

Kyle Wood had the difficult task of replacing a local soccer legend, Bill Tarbox, at North Andover.

Tarbox was a varsity coach for 40 years, including 22 at North Andover High where he won 301 games.

“Truly, the word for him would be ‘legendary,’” Wood said.

Wood is this year’s boys soccer Coach of the Year, which has been renamed the Bill Tarbox Award.

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