Longtime assistant Rich Boshea is expected to become the next football coach at West Haven High School, replacing Connecticut’s all-time wins leader Ed McCarthy, who retired last month, West Haven Public Schools announced today.
Following Boshea’s selection by a search committee, Superintendent of schools Neil Cavallaro has recommended Boshea to assume the post. It should be made official by the West Haven Board of Education at its next meeting scheduled for Monday.
According to a press release, Boshea beat out a field of four candidates for the job. Boshea, a retired West Haven police officer, has worked as a West Haven High security guard for the last three seasons.
“Rich emerged head and shoulders above the rest throughout the process, and I’m confident we will have the Board of Education’s support in appointing him as the next head coach,” Cavallaro said in a statement. “A big advantage is that he’s already working in the high school right now.”
Boshea grew up in West Haven and was a lineman for coach Tom Hunt at West Haven High School, from where he graduated in 1979.
Boshea played at Widener University, where he was a member of its 1981 Division III national championship team. He joined West Haven’s staff in 1985.
“Mr. Hunt said to me I should come back and coach,” Boshea said in a statement. “West Haven was always the only place I ever wanted to coach.”
Boshea served as a freshman coach and has been the team’s offensive line coach since 2001. He was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002, the year West Haven won its last state championship, and was inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
“He’s worked hard behind the scenes as an assistant,” West Haven athletic director Jon Capone said in a statement. “…His dedication to the program speaks for itself. He’s ready to lead this program and maintain the excellence that has been established over the years.”
Boshea’s impending appointment ends what appeared to be a contentious battle for the job. When McCarthy announced his retirement before the 2014 season he strongly recommended Boshea to succeed him.
But when Boshea’s appointment wasn’t assured by the West Haven administration, McCarthy, the state’s career leader in coaching wins with 332 victories, wavered on his retirement in November. He didn’t formally submit a resignation letter until the spring. His retirement became official May 4.
Boshea continued to run the team’s offseason training while the school district looked for a new coach. Interviews were conducted last week.
In the statement, Cavallaro thanked West Haven’s alumni for their interest in the selection of a a head coach. “Our alumni had opinions on this because they are so passionate about the team,” he said. “And that speaks volumes on the quality of the program.”