Wakefield, MA– Legendary high school football coach Bill Tighe recently informed his administrators, team and fellow Middlesex League coaches that Thursday’s game versus Burlington will be his last on the sidelines. He has roamed the sidelines at Wakefield, Malden and Lexington for the past 65 years.
Coach Tighe coached the Warriors from the Fall of 1957 through the 1963 season. During his tenure at Wakefield he coached six future Wakefield High School Hall of Fame members: Tom Stuetzer, John Shevlin, Rich Nardone, Fred Hupprich, Dick DeFeo, Rich North. DeFeo was named a Sporting News All-American in 1960 under the guidance of Tighe.
Tighe coached the likes of former Town Administrator, Tom Butler; former Town Tax Collector Mike Martello; WMLGD Commissioner Ken Chase; former Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Steve McGrail; business owner and activist Bill Benedetto; business owner Charlie Encarnacao; and Russell Banks, who Tighe nicknamed “The Teacher”. Banks ended up going on to write two books, Affliction and The Sweet Therafter. Both of which became critically acclaimed motion pictures.
After the 1962 season, President John F. Kennedy invited Coach Tighe and the Warriors to the White House to celebrate their Middlesex League Championship. The team presented the President of the United States with a game ball, which he in turned signed and it is still on display in the trophy case at the high school.
During his time at Wakefield, Tighe led the Warriors to three Middlesex League Championships in 1957, 1958, 1961 and a Co-Championship with Melrose in 1962. He compiled 42 wins against 16 losses with 4 ties. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as assistant coach for many seasons.
Current head coach, Mike Boyages has always welcomed back Coach Tighe to Wakefield. Current assistant coach, Perry Verge, played for Tighe in Malden where they won a Greater Boston League Championship together. Boyages said, “Bill is a great mentor for all the coaches in the league,” He continued, “He’s really a gentleman who teaches good sportsmanship. He teaches football in the right way, and his passion is unmatched. He is a true legend.”
|1963||Richard Encarnacao||Tom Stuetzer HOF||5||3||0||116||102|
|1962||John Shevlin HOF||Richard Nardone HOF||7||1||1||214||40||Co-Champs with Melrose|
|1961||Fred Hupprich HOF||Rich Meade||8||1||0||182||90||Middlesex League Champ|
|1960||Dick Pietrafitta||Dick Defeo HOF||6||3||0||166||95|
|1959||Ralph Dell’Orfano||Warren Hunt||3||5||1||100||134|
|1958||Peter Buckley||Richard North HOF||6||1||2||222||63||Middlesex League Champ|
|1957||Bill Ross||Charlie Encarnacao||7||2||0||138||46||Middlesex League Champ|