After 13 years, Mike Yameen out as Lawrence High football coach

Mike Yameen in the summer of 2005, just prior to his first season as Lawrence's head coach.

Mike Yameen told The Eagle-Tribune he’s out as Lawrence High’s head football coach.

He wrote, “I regret to inform you that I will no longer continue my duties as the Head Football Coach of Lawrence High School.”

Yameen went 36-107 in 13 years at Lawrence, which is generally considered the toughest football job in the rugged Merrimack Valley Conference.

In early March, all the Lawrence High fall season head coaching jobs were posted as being open.

Lawrence has had great problems competing in the MVC since the mid-’80s and even played in the much smaller Cape Ann League for several years and prior to that as an independent.

Lawrence rejoined the MVC in 2007 after 13 years out of the league.

Its record from 1990-93 was just 7-36. And that lone win was over Northeast from the much smaller Commonwealth Conference.

Many predicted disaster but LHS stayed competitive with most of the league.

Twice he had the Lancers on the precipice of a winning season, going 5-6 in 2011 and 2014. That might not sound much to most teams, but Lawrence’s last winning season was a 6-4 team in 1995. And that independent schedule was a far cry from playing in the MVC.

Yameen injected some life into the program with a high-powered passing attack, which was generally one of the most prolific in the area.

Milwaukee Valerio, a three-year standout, is one of the most prolific passers in area history with 5,907 passing yards and 49 TD passes.

There were several other individual success stories including Janer Reyes, a former Lancer co-captain who started at Division 1-AA Howard University in Washington, D.C. Reyes was also one of Howard’s top scholar-athletes with a 3.3 GPA as a finance major.

Read and Wednesday’s Eagle-Tribune for much more on this developing story.

An Eagle-Tribune Tweet said Yameen gets credit for “pouring his heart and soul into the program.”

Framingham State assistant coach Aynsley Rosenbaum of Andover commented on Twitter: “‘Heart and soul’ is an under statement!”

Yameen Year by Year

2017: 2-9; 2016: 0-11; 2015: 3-8, lost in Division 1 North quarterfinals; 2014: 5-6; 2013: 3-8; 2012: 3-8; 2011: 5-6; 2010: 3-8; 2009: 3-8; 2008: 3-8; 2007: 3-8; 2006: 2-9 (CAL); 2005: 1-10 (CAL)

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