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    Matt Durgin resigns as St. Mary’s football coach

    Matt Durgin was 89-26 in 10 seasons guiding the St. Mary’s of Lynn football program.
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    Matt Durgin was 89-26 in 10 seasons guiding the St. Mary’s of Lynn football program.

    Matt Durgin has spent the past 29 years coaching on a high school football sideline, including 21 directing his own program.

    He has decided to take a break.

    After a highly-successful 10-year run at St. Mary’s Lynn, punctuated by three straight North titles, and state title appearances in 2012 and 2016, Durgin announced his resignation on Wednesday.

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    The Lynn Classical graduate had two coaching stints (1997-2003 and 2005-07) at his alma mater beforing stepping down from the position 10 years ago. But he was convinced by St. Mary’s athletic director Jeff Newhall to take on a new challenge with the Spartans.

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    He responded with a 89-26 record, capped by back-to-back 11-1 seasons.

    “Matt is one of the most successful football coaches in Lynn history,” said Newhall. “He has taken our program to a level where it is recognized as one of the best in the state.”

    Durgin went 72-35 at Lynn Classical and 5-6 during one season at Malden Catholic in 2004. He has won 71.2 percent (166-67 record) of his games, the best in Lynn history.

    His late father, Hal, coached football at Lynn Tech and at Central Catholic.

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    “It’s time to take a step back,” said Durgin, who lives in the Lynn with his wife, Belinda, and daughters Molly and Mattie.

    “I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had and all the great kids I’ve coached.”

    AC hires Petrelis

    Arlington Catholic has tabbed 2001 grad Anthony Petrelis as its varsity football coach, replacing his mentor Serge Clivio, who recently retired after a 29-year run as head coach. A 10-year assistant under Clivio, Petrelis is a teacher in the John J. McGlynn elementary school in Medford, where he received the Milken Educator of the Year Award in 2014. He was a four-year player for AC, captaining the 2000 squad.

    “Anthony in an outstanding choice as the next head coach!” said Clivio. “I am thrilled that he will be able to bring his knowledge, energy, school pride and character to the program,” said Clivio.

    I know that the team will have a great coach and an even better person.”