345 wins and counting
Plymouth football legend Lenahan to call it a career
When it comes to Chuck Lenahan's coaching career, numbers tell most of the story. They have to, because Lenahan deflects almost all of the credit tossed his way.
Lenahan, 70, recently revealed that this season will be his last as Plymouth Regional High School's football coach and athletic director. He's in his 43rd year at each position.
"This is my last year," Lenahan said Thursday. "I'm going to miss it for sure, but this will allow me to go see a lot of games and do a lot of things I haven't done in a while. I haven't seen UNH play in a long time.
"I made up my mind last year. I talked it over with the administration and they said they wanted some notice. I want to go out by doing a good job."
Some of the numbers: Lenahan will enter the 2013 season with a career record of 345-69-1. Plymouth won its 19th state championship under Lenahan last season, when he guided the Bobcats to an undefeated season for the 13th time. Plymouth has strung together 46- and 57-game winning streaks with Lenahan on the sideline. The latter streak was the longest in the nation in 2010.
Lenahan collected victory No. 343 last season, which set the record for career victories by a New England high school football coach.
"The one thing that stands out to me about Chuck is his attention to detail and his organizational skills," longtime Plymouth assistant coach Chris Sanborn said. "There's no limit to the amount of time and effort he'll put in.
"He'll do all of the little things. Definitely a guy who leads by example."
Lenahan, who is also known for his dry sense of humor, is currently a member of the NHIAA football committee. He said that's a position he may retain.
"I'll have to talk that over with (NHIAA executive director) Pat Corbin," he said.
Lenahan grew up in Mechanic Falls, Maine, and graduated from Plymouth State University. He was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in June.
Lenahan's first Plymouth team finished 0-6-1 in 1971, but he guided the Bobcats to a state title in season No. 2.
"It's a tremendous school and administration," Lenahan said. "I'll miss the relationships you have with the coaches and administrators. There's a lot of camaraderie there with the people you work with. One thing I've realized is how lucky I am to coach the kids that I have — that's what I'll miss the most.
"We've had a great run here. It's time to let somebody else do it."