Jim O'Leary receives Coach of the Year award
Posted 11/23/2009 01:55PM
St. John’s Prep is proud to report that Athletic Director Jim O’Leary will receive Coach of the Year honors from the Association of New England Football Officials (ANEFO) during their annual gathering on Monday, November 23.
Established in 1959 and presented annually, the prestigious Mark T. Creehan Coaches Award recognizes a coach who exemplifies the highest ethical standards in football coaching and who promotes those same standards among players.
“It is a great honor for me, as a president, to have a coach of Jim O’Leary’s caliber who demonstrates high moral and ethical standards,” said Mark Lento, president ANEFO, which includes some 300 members in New England.  
In 26 seasons as head football coach at the Prep, O’Leary has compiled an impressive record of 178 wins, 88 losses and 2 ties, taking the Eagles to multiple playoffs and three Super Bowls. In 1997, O’Leary led the Prep to a perfect 11-0 season, culminating in a Super Bowl championship and a thrilling Thanksgiving Day win over undefeated Catholic Conference rival Xaverian Brothers High School.  
The Coach of the Year Award is named for Mark Crehan, a football official for 50 years and a fixture at White Stadium in Boston, where he announced and ran the clock for games for 25 years. He became president of the Association of New England Football Officials in 1946 and later served as treasurer/secretary of the organization until retiring in 1984.