Spaulding football promotes assistant
Jeff Hunt became Spaulding's fifth head coach in as many seasons when he was approved by the Rochester School Board on Thursday night.
"When Claude Gagnon decided to step down he encouraged me to apply for the position at Spaulding," Hunt said. "My motivation was to keep some consistency in the program. There's been a lot of turnover, and I thought it would be best for the kids if the same things were in place on offense and defense."
He has been an assistant coach at three high schools — Leicester, Lincoln-Sudbury in Sudbury, Mass., and Brunswick, Maine — but has no prior experience as a head coach. Hunt moved to Rochester last year, when he became the senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Rochester.
"In terms of the staff, some of it has yet to play out," Hunt said. "We're fortunate that the school board has seen the benefit of having Kevin around. Having him in the school helps us keep a close connection with the kids."
Hunt said the team's biggest challenge this season will be finding a replacement for Sam Ouellette, a senior who was a three-year starter at quarterback.