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Bryan Pinabell to Take Reins of Feehan Football Program

Veteran football and baseball coach to lead Shamrock gridiron

ATTLEBORO, MA – Bishop Feehan High School is proud to announce that Bryan Pinabell has been named the Shamrocks varsity football head coach, effective immediately. Pinabell takes over for former head coach, Gary Doherty, who stepped down in June. 


Pinabell brings 26 years of coaching and teaching experience in Catholic high schools in Massachusetts, Georgia and Florida. He has coached football teams that have won nine district championships and reached seven state tournaments, and his success helped him earn a Georgia Football Coach of the Year award in 2009.

"We couldn't be happier than to have Bryan join our head coaching staff," said Feehan Athletic Director Christan Schatz.  "His knowledge of the game and his enthusiasm and passion will serve our student-athletes very well.”

A native of East Boston, Pinabell served at Malden Catholic High School  as a football coach, baseball coach, and chair of the social studies department for the past five years. In his time at MC, Pinabell helped the Lancers’s football program make its first state playoff appearance in 40 years. He was instrumental in leading MC to  its best season in 20 years with a record of 7-4 in 2014, and he was the program’s head coach in 2018.  

Pinabell spent his teenage years in Melbourne, Fla., and graduated from Melbourne Central Catholic High School, where he earned All-State honors as a baseball player and All-County distinction as a football player. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., with a degree in secondary education. In 2007 he was elected to the MCC Baseball Hall of Fame, and his number nine has been retired. 

Pinabell spent nine years at Melbourne Central Catholic High School  as varsity football assistant coach, varsity baseball assistant coach and director of strength and conditioning. His Hustlers won four district championships and made six state football playoff appearances. 

In 2001 Pinabell relocated to Atlanta, Ga. and joined the staff of St. Pius X Catholic High School as a varsity football assistant coach, varsity baseball assistant coach, assistant strength and conditioning coach and teacher. Pinabell helped legendary Georgia football coach Paul Standard resurrect a dormant football program. During his five seasons at St. Pius the team made the playoffs four times and won their first state playoff game since 1968. 

In 2006 Pinabell was named  football head coach and director of strength and conditioning at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, a small Catholic high school in Fayetteville, Ga. On the field, the Bobcats won a school record six games in 2007. 

In 2008 Coach Pinabell was called back to St. Pius X. This time he assumed the roles of director of strength and conditioning, varsity football assistant head coach, and assistant athletic director. During his second stint at St. Pius X the Golden Lions won a region championship and advanced to the second round or further in the Georgia State playoffs. Additionally, he was named Region 5-AAA Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 2009. 

Pinabell also will serve as a member of the Feehan’s social studies faculty. He lives in Foxboro, with his wife and 11-year old son.

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