Foxboro, MA – Dennis-Yarmouth High School’s Paul Funk, Wakefield High School Class of 1989, has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 42-0 victory over Cranston (RI) West High School on Friday, October 21st.
The win marks the school’s first 7-0 record since 1960 and gives the Dolphins a 3-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dennis-Yarmouth came out on top of a game between two highly ranked border rivals, with No. 6 Dennis-Yarmouth overpowering the 3rd ranked Division 1 team in Rhode Island.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dennis-Yarmouth High School’s football program in Funk’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Funk and his team on Tuesday, October 25th at Dennis-Yarmouth High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28th on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.
Prior to becoming one of the Cape’s most well respected coaches, Funk was a three sport star at Wakefield High School playing football, hockey and baseball. Paul was the 1988 MVP in football and was named a Middlesex League All-Star that season as well. He participated in the Shriner’s All-Star Football Classic and the Harry Agganis All-Star game in the summer of 1989.
As good as Funk was on Landrigan Field for the Warriors, he best sport was by far baseball. Paul was a three year starter for the Warriors at shortstop. He was a Captain of the 1989 squad that was the last Wakefield High School Team to win the Middlesex League Championship by finishing 19-4. He was selected as a Middlesex League All-Star for his accomplishments.
After graduating from Wakefield, Funk attended the University of Connecticut on a baseball scholarship. He was a four year starter for the Huskies at shortstop and finished his career as the all-time leader in assists, top five in games played, top five in walks and second in single season assists. He was the starting shortstop for UConn’s first Big East Championship Team in 1990 and played in two NCAA Division I Regional’s as part of the College World Series. For his accomplishments Funk was named the Mary Dropo Unsung Hero Award by the University.
Since graduating from Wakefield, Paul Funk has made quite a name for himself as both an athlete and coach. Funk recently reflected on his time at Wakefield by saying, “Wakefield treated me very well. I always try to check in with Matt Chase (former teammate and current assistant coach with Wakefield) and see how the team is doing. It is always fun to get back to Wakefield and see old friends.”