Wakefield, MA—For the better part of the past three decades, the Wakefield High School Football Team has seen its fair share of twists and turns. The program has enjoyed very successful campaigns dating back to the mid1990’s and struggled through some slim seasons in the early 1990’s and 1980’s. There has been coaching changes, controversies and a winning streak versus Melrose that stretched two decades. Through it all, Mike Boyages has been a member of the coaching staff and more recently the head coach.
This week Coach Boyages earned his 100th career victory during his 14 year tenure as head coach. Prior to taking over for Ray Boghos in 1997, Boyages was the head freshman football coach for many years and then became an assistant varsity coach for Bob Connors. Connors is credited with turning the program around with a Middlesex League Championship in 1989 and is a member of the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame.
Boyages is a life-long resident of Wakefield. Mike currently serves as the Director of Athletics and Student Activities at Wakefield High School. Prior to his current position, he was a physical education teacher in the Wakefield Public School System. Boyages graduated from Wakefield High School in 1976 where he was a three sport standout in football, basketball and baseball.
During Boyages first season in 1997, he led the Warriors to a share of the Middlesex League Championship and the school’s first ever MIAA Superbowl berth. Since then, the Warriors have been to two more MIAA postseason appearances and captured the school’s first state championship in football in 1999 by finishing 10-0-1.
Through his tenure as head coach, Boyages has had the privilege of coaching 9 All-Scholastics, 6 Middlesex League Most Valuable Players, 3 All-State “Super 26” members and 1 All American. He has also been named the Middlesex League Coach of the Year, School Sports Coach of the Year, Daily Times Chronicle Fall Coach of the Year, Nike Division II Coach of the Year and coached in the Shriner’s Football Classic as the head coach.
Boyages’ career record currently stands at 100 wins against 43 loses with 3 ties. He is the all-time leader in Wakefield High School Football history in terms of wins, games coached and winning percentage.
When recently asked about achieving win number 100, Boyages replied, “It’s hard for me to truly express how proud and fortunate I feel to have the chance to win 100 games here at Wakefield High. I have been truly blessed with not only outstanding football players, but more importantly, young men of great dedication, character and commitment to the Warrior football program. I also want to give my coaching staff all the credit in the world for their outstanding efforts. Without their support, dedication and commitment, winning 100 games would never have been possible. “