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Paul O'Boy to Retire

Shamrock Athletic Director  Paul O’Boy to Retire After 52 Years

November 19, 2016

Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro, MA) announced today that longtime Athletic Director Paul O’Boy will be retiring at the end of this school year after 48 years overseeing the Shamrock athletic department and 52 years as a mentor, coach, and teacher of history and law. Mr. O’Boy also served as Vice Principal for 35 years (1971–2006),  as head football coach for 23 years (1968-1991) and as an assistant football coach for 16 additional years.

The school will commence a search for Mr. O’Boy’s successor later this year

“Paul O’Boy embodies everything a school could ever want in a teacher, mentor and administrator,” notes Bishop Feehan President, Tim Sullivan. “His example of faith, steadfast and loyal service and loyalty have touched the lives of more than 10,000 Feehan graduates.  He is on the Mount Rushmore of Bishop Feehan, for sure. We are forever thankful for his service.”

At 23 years old, Mr. O’Boy started off at Feehan as a History teacher and assistant coach for Feehan’s fledgling football program.  Two years later, Mr. O’Boy became head coach and took on the Athletic Director position in 1969, where he has served every Shamrock student-athlete since.  

Mr. O’Boy leaves with a legacy of service and success perhaps unequaled in Massachusetts high school history.  He is the sole remaining original member on the Massachusetts (MIAA) state football committee (1974-2016). Under his leadership, Feehan’s teams have won the coveted Boston Globe Nason Cup for athletic excellence, 17 of the last 18 years.  Most recently, he has been selected as the 2016-17 Athletic Director of the Year (District “D”) by the MIAA.

His tenure as Bishop Feehan’s Athletics Director saw the school’s athletics program blossom from seven total teams in 1969 to today, when the school boasts 25 varsity teams and 44 teams in total. 

 “Looking back on more than 50 years, I am conscious of the wonderful gift I have been given,” said Mr. O’Boy. “I think of kindness and caring that the Sisters of Mercy shared with a young and inexperienced teacher. I reflect on the fellow faculty members who shared their teaching skills with me. Certainly, I am indebted to the outstanding coaches who served as an example for me. But ultimately, my mind and heart remains with the young men and young women whose enthusiasm and dedication have enriched my professional life beyond measure.”

“When I leave this place I will take with me a deep sense of gratitude for I have received far more than I have given. I have been truly blessed.  As it says in the Feehan Alma Mater - ‘You have taught us life’s true worth’.”

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In His Own Words: Mr. O'Boy's Full Statement

Looking back on over 50 years at Bishop Feehan as I approach retirement as a faculty member and as the Director of Athletics I am conscious of the wonderful gift I have been given.

I think of kindness and caring that the Sisters of Mercy shared with a young and inexperienced teacher. I reflect on the fellow faculty members who shared their teaching skills with me. Certainly I am indebted to the outstanding coaches who served as an example for me. But ultimately my mind and heart remains with the young men and young women whose enthusiasm and dedication have enriched my professional life beyond measure.

Bishop Feehan is a remarkable community that has, from its founding, remained true to its Catholic Christian mission to nurture the spiritual, engage the mind, and expand the talents of all whom it serves.

When I leave this place, I will take with me a deep sense of gratitude for I have received far more than I have given. I have been truly blessed. As it says in the Feehan Alma Mater, “… You have taught us life’s true worth.”

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