What’s next for Crimson Tide football?
By Lorenzo Recupero
Leader Herald Sports Editor
The sudden departure last week of Everett High School football coach Robert DiLoreto has left the program with a lot more questions than answers as a new season approaches.
In a statement released to local media outlets on Wednesday, March 29, Everett native Robert DiLoreto thanked the City of Everett and the student-athletes for the opportunity while outlining his resignation.
“A series of circumstances over the past few months have led me to conclude that I cannot continue as the Head Football Coach at Everett High School right now. I was truly honored and forever grateful to be able to live out my childhood dream of coaching for the high school that I attended in the city I grew up in and love so much. The Everett football family will always be in my heart. I extend a special thanks to my Everett players whom I love with all my heart. Players, the respect and love we shared with each other was very, very special to me and I commend you for your dedication as student-athletes. I was so proud to serve as your coach and I wish nothing but continued success to the program going forward!!!,” said DiLoreto in his resignation letter.
In the three years with his alma mater, DiLoreto helped lead the Crimson Tide to three winning seasons, including three Greater Boston League (GBL) titles while posting an overall record of 21-3.
His departure creates a huge void in a football program widely regarded as one of the best in the state. A football program that saw two alumni drafted in the NFL’s 2022 draft class.
DiLoreto started his tenure as head coach with much fanfare from both players and residents alike.
He represented homegrown talent with a proven pedigree of success on the football field. He helped lead the school to its last championship as an offensive coordinator under John DiBiaso in 2017 before helping Reading High string together five consecutive 11-0 regular seasons (winning two super bowls) in the same role. He then put up 20-plus wins of his own when he returned to EHS, adding to one of the winningest football records and cultures in state history.
Given all the facts as we have them – and the overall success of the program under DiLoreto’s watch – the most pressing of the array of fallout questions is still: Why would a winning coach want to step down from one of the most desirable helms in Massachusetts high school football?
Something happened. Someone somewhere knows exactly what, but the public has not been informed.
With Everett football always at the forefront of city happenings, many are asking questions and hoping for answers. Some answers have already begun to swirl, but there’s been no official statement released by the Everett Public Schools or EHS Athletics Department to relay.
It’s been said that other members of the coaching staff have also stepped down ‘in solidarity’ with DiLoreto, who was quoted saying “I’m in the job I want to have for the rest of my career” when he was first hired to lead EHS as head coach.
What could have gone wrong to make a respected coach leave his dream position after years of undeniable success?
Who will the Everett Public Schools administration task with taking over under such circumstances?
And when will the public, and more importantly the student-athletes, get answers to what’s going on with Everett football?
We will have to wait to find out. Until then, many eyes will remain on Everett HS football.
*The Leader Herald attempted to reach the EHS Athletics Department but no further details are available at this time. This is a developing story.
*The Leader Herald’s attempts to reach the EHS Athletics Department were not successful and no further details are available at this time. This is a developing story.