ATTLEBORO, MA: Bishop Feehan High School Principal Sean Kane announced today that Mr. Gary Doherty has been named Athletic Director for the Attleboro school effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Doherty replaces Mr. Paul O’Boy who is retiring in June.
Doherty will also take over the reins as the school’s Head Football Coach effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Gary’s professional and personal excellence join our team here at Feehan,” commented Feehan Principal Sean Kane. “We received an unprecedented level of interest in both our open AD and football positions, and Gary stood out among many high-quality applicants. Our search committee represented the wide breadth of the Feehan community -- from alums to parents to coaches and staff -- and all were unanimously impressed with Gary’s candidacy. We are excited to welcome back to Holcott Drive.”
Doherty is presently serving as a health and physical education teacher at Framingham High School where he has also served as Head Football Coach since 1998. Doherty was that school’s Athletic Director from 2003-2015. He is a past President of the Bay State Conference.
No stranger to the Bishop Feehan campus, Doherty taught social studies for two years and was head football coach in 1996 and 1997, leading the Shamrocks to their first Super Bowl crown in 1997.
A graduate of Colby College, Doherty also holds a Masters degree from Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Merry, reside in Norfolk, MA with their three daughters.
“I’m honored to accept the position of Athletic Director at Bishop Feehan,” noted Doherty. “My years at Feehan in the 90s, though brief, were highlights of my education and coaching career, and I can’t wait to get started on the next chapter of Feehan’s athletic success. I’m especially grateful for the chance to succeed Mr. O’Boy, a personal and professional mentor of mine and a legend in the Massachusetts high school sports community.”
Doherty is taking over an athletic program with a storied history of success. Under the leadership of Paul O’Boy -- retiring after 52 years at Feehan -- the school has won 17 out of the past 18 Boston Globe Nason Awards for athletic excellence. The school fields 44 total teams in 26 different sports. More than 700 Feehan students participate in the school’s athletics program annually.
On the football field, Doherty returns to his former role as Feehan head man with 20 years of high school head coaching success. Besides his Feehan Super Bowl victory, Doherty also took his Framingham squad to the 2000 Division 2 Super Bowl title and won the Bay State League Carey division in 2008. Doherty was the MetroWest coach of the year in 2000, and his team won the MHSFCA sportsmanship award in 2015.
Doherty is the co-director of the esteemed New England Football Clinic – considered the finest football clinic in New England for high school coaches -- held annually at Gillette Stadium.