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#PREPpeople: Brian St. Pierre '98
Posted 08/04/2020 11:24AM

#PREPpeople is one in an occasional series of snapshots spotlighting the people of St. John's Prep

Brian St. Pierre holds the MA State Super Bowl TrophyHometown: Danvers, Mass.

Education: Diploma, St. John’s Prep ’98; B.S. in economics, Boston College

Years at St. John’s: Seven

Role: Mahoney Wellness Center Facility and Program Coordinator; Head Football Coach

Describe a teacher who inspired you growing up: “I don't really have any single teacher who I can say inspired me above the rest, but I do get inspired by teachers in general here at St. John's. We have really good people here. We have faculty that are invested and care very deeply about their students. They genuinely want to help them succeed. They take pride in watching their students mature and grow. That was true when I was a student here and it’s true now. I find that very inspiring.”

Classroom lessons evolve, but what’s an exercise, unit, or concept you look forward to teaching every year and why? “My favorite part of what I do is starting anew each year in our pursuit of building a true ‘team.’ We work very, very hard at it. We are serious about developing our culture and getting the young men to buy into our core principles that we decide upon together as a single unit (coaches and players). It is a constant dialogue that continues throughout the season. It is truly a privilege to watch a group of young men come together and really figure it out and it’s easily the most rewarding part of my job.”

List four traits or tactics you think are crucial to a gratifying teaching and coaching career? 1) Passion for the work you do and the people you do it with is first and foremost. You have to enjoy it. 2) Humility/Perspective in terms of recognizing the importance of what it is you do while knowing it’s not about you. It’s about understanding your obligation to serve others. 3) Authenticity. Being true to who you are and letting people see that. 4) Competitiveness. You have to want to be good at what it is you do.”

What’s the most insightful thing a student or student-athlete has ever said to you? “‘Thank you for believing in me, coach.’ Sounds simple, but for an adolescent male to acknowledge that, let alone express it, takes some humility and maturity. More introspective than insightful, it is a strong recognition of the impact you have made. I have been lucky enough to have heard it more than a few times during my coaching career and it always hits home. You never know how impactful you can be by just letting a young person know you genuinely care about them and believe in them. It’s very powerful.”

If you weren’t a teacher/coach, what would you be doing for a living? “I wanted to be two things growing up: a professional football player and then a coach. I feel very fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to do both. I am very limited talent-wise so I have no idea what else I would be doing! I also have not spent a whole lot of time wondering to be honest.”

Fun fact: “I actually met my eventual wife at the first and only dance I ever attended at St. John's. Bet she wishes she could have that one back!”

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