Jermaine McKenzie has been named the new head football coach at Ayer Shirley. McKenzie's selection came after an extensive process that included 14 committee members and 10 strong applicants.
* Jermaine has a ton of knowledge to go along with his positive energy and enthusiasm, and a history of developing experienced and new football players alike,” said Athletic Director Steve Kendall. * He will bring excitement and passion to our program and his history of developing student-athletes on and off the field fits perfectly with our mission and core values. We are thrilled to have Jermaine join our team and cannot wait to see what positive changes he brings to our program.”
The committee included ASRHS principal Spencer Christie, assistant principal Dr. Miriam Meyer, trainer Nate Diffin, track/cross country coach and art teacher Mike Seguin, soccer coach and PE teacher Mark Giusto, volleyball coach and English teacher Ally Fillebrown, Booster Club president Tony Casavecchia, parents Bill Manchester, Lonnie Quirion, Paul Marshall and Greg Marchand, student-athletes Cameron Marshall and Dillon Granberg, and Mr. Kendall. Thank you to the committee members for their time, effort, and dedication.
* I am fired up to be joining the Ayer Shirley football program and can't wait to meet the kids and get started,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie coached the last two years at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, N.H., where the team improved from 1-6 his first season to 4-3 in his second, which earned them a berth in the NHIAA playoffs. His team also won a 2018 NHIAA sportsmanship award. Prior to being the head coach at Bishop Brady, McKenzie was an assistant at several Massachusetts schools, including Boston Latin, Boston Cathedral, Matignon, Blackstone-Millville, and Cambridge Rindge & Latin, from which he is also a graduate.
During those stops, he has served in a variety of positions, including freshmen head coach, running backs, linebackers, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator. Additionally, McKenzie is co-founder of City Youth Sports Training & Education Movement (C.Y.S.T.E.M.) which develops and delivers a variety of youth programs that engage student-athletes in developmentally appropriate projects ranging from social, recreational, educational and enrichment activities as well as develops problem-solving, leadership, character and conflict resolution.
Kendall said McKenzie would retain assistant coach Shane Brickley as part of his staff. The remaining staff will be hired over the next few weeks.
* I am pleased Shane will be returning, as he has done a great job with our younger kids and the youth football programs,” Kendall said. * He is a great role model for the kids, a hard worker, and wants to continue his growth as a coach.”