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Attleboro High Hires New Football Coach

Michael Strachan is a graduate of North Attleboro High and coached at Framingham State.

Attleboro High School announced Thursday afternoon that it has hired Michael Strachan as its new coach for the varsity football team. He replaces Kevin Deschenes, who resigned in November after 12 seasons at the helm.

Strachan is a 1986 graduate of North Attleboro High School and played college football at Stonehill College, where he was named All-Conference in 1989. A press release from AHS states his head coaching experience includes Framingham State and the Swedish national team. He also had an internship with the New England Patriots.

"Coach Strachan brings the principles that our Blue Pride community is built upon," said AHS principal Bill Runey, according to the release. "He espouses our philosophy that our student-athletes are personally responsible for their success as integral members of the city of Attleboro.  Additionally, he understands our traditions and the rivalries that come with them."

Strachan was introduced Thursday to the 2013 captains and the football candidates for the upcoming season. He is taking over a team that last season started strong with a 4-0 record, but then lost the remaining seven games.

"We welcome coach Strachan to AHS and look forward to working with him," said AHS athletics director Mark Houle, according to the release. "Coach Strachan will be a valuable asset both personally and professionally for our athletic program. His vision and plan will have a positive impact on our players, football program and our school community."

Michael Baldwin February 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I cannot wait for this upcoming season. This is the perfect hire for the AHS program.
Darren G... February 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM
maybe this is the change needed, someone not from Attleboro and can bring a fresh perspective......
Bill Reynolds February 15, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Congratulations Mike! Great hire Mark! I'm looking forward to meeting with you and starting a long productive relationship. Our Youth Football Program has produced quite a few quality student athletes on the current high school roster and we have our largest and best 8th grade class coming in this fall. Good Luck this season. Go Big Blue! Go White Hawks!
Eddie Porreca February 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Welcome Mike, I share Billy Reynolds sentiments as well. We look forward to seeing you around the youth programs and Friday Nights Under the Lights....
Patrick Kelley February 16, 2013 at 02:12 AM
16-58 career record = great hire....interesting Attleboros version of what a great hire is....lets see if this comment gets taken down as well...took them 77 days to find a career .220 coach....JOKE!
Blue Pride April 08, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Perfect hire????? Really, the guy hasen't coached in 9 years! When he did he lost. An now are big hire is a North guy...that North didn't even want! The pool of coaches who were interested was terrible. This was not a perfect hire it was settling for the best of the worst. In my opinon
Blue Pride April 08, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Should have hired Rob Mccoy

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