EVERETT — Theluxon Pierre has very big shoes to fill.
Announced as Everett High’s new football coach on Friday afternoon, Pierre inherits a program that has captured 12 state titles over the past 22 seasons.
The architect behind Everett’s incredible run, John DiBiaso, took over as head football coach and assistant athletic director at Catholic Memorial after recording his 300th career win and yet another state championship for Everett this past fall.
DiBiaso is in his final season as the boys’ basketball coach at Everett. On Thursday, he became the first coach in state history to record 500 wins on the hardwood in addition to 300 wins on the gridiron.
Pierre, 31, starred as a defensive end at Everett, helping the team win state championships in 2002 and 2003 before continuing his playing career at Dean College and UMass.
The 6-foot-2-inch Everett native is a teacher in the Everett public schools system and spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach on DiBiaso’s staff.
“It’s a bittersweet day for me today,” said Pierre. “I never thought I would replace my own coach. [DiBiaso has] been a father figure to me from the day I started here and I want to thank him for everything he’s done for me.
“I’m excited. I think we have a great plan in place to keep this program going. I played here, I coached here, and I’m all about Everett. I’ve been here all my life and this is what I love.”
Last year’s Crimson Tide team was among the most dominant in state history. Everett averaged 41.8 points per game and went 11-0 en route to a second consecutive state championship.
Pierre is optimistic about Everett’s chances to compete for more state titles.
“From being around [DiBiaso], I know the amount of work he puts in,” said Pierre. “It’s a lifestyle — being the coach at Everett High — it’s a 24-hour grind and my wife and I are ready to commit fully to being the next head coach.
“I’m going to do my best to keep this going and to compete for a state championship every year.”Nate Weitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.