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Dedham High football coach not reappointed due to differences with ‘values of the school district’

Dedham High School football head coach David Flynn was not reappointed for the upcoming season after he “expressed significant philosophical differences with the direction, goals, and values of the school district,” school officials said in a letter to players and their families Wednesday.

The letter from Superintendent Michael J. Welch, Dedham High Principal Jim Forrest, and Dedham High Athletic Director Steve Traister did not specify the beliefs Flynn holds that don’t accord with district values.

Flynn did not immediately respond to a voicemail and an e-mail Thursday night. According to his LinkedIn profile, Flynn is also a special education teacher at Braintree High School.


Welch said in a statement Thursday that the district tries “to encourage our staff and students to give constructive voice to their opinions, but must also ensure we stay true to our overarching mission and vision for the district — in the classroom, on the field, and in our community.”

“We want to thank Coach Flynn for his years of coaching leadership for our student athletes at Dedham High School,” Welch said.

The letter from Welch, Forrest, and Traister said they “felt it best to seek different leadership for the program” after they met with Flynn Wednesday to discuss the difference in views.

Due to the pandemic, the MIAA has moved football season to run from Feb. 22 to April 25, the officials said. That gives them about one month to replace Flynn.

They will move quickly to “fill this opening in the next few weeks” and will seek input from players and families in the hiring process, the officials said.

CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated David Flynn’s status as head coach of the Dedham High football team. Flynn was not reappointed for the upcoming season, a schools spokeswoman said. The Globe regrets the error.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.