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September 1, 2009

Port goes Bleau

Long-time assistant named new head coach

The waiting game is over. With the passing of the 10-day period needed to interview all candidates, Shawn Bleau was named the new Newburyport varsity boys soccer coach.

After former coach Dave Greenblott left the Clippers for Austin Prep two weeks ago for family reasons, the program made the logical choice in turning to his longtime right-hand man Bleau, who had been the assistant varsity coach over the last seven years.

"Quite honestly, we've been fortunate to have Shawn," said Athletic Director John Daileanes of the selection. "He's been like another varsity coach as long as he's been on Dave's staff. I always considered him a second coach. He was Dave's right-hand man for several years. He does all the behind-the-scenes stuff. He played the game at the college level."

Although Daileanes said the timing was difficult so close to the new season, Greenblott completely endorsed Bleau, who is also currently a teacher at Newburyport High, for the position. However, Daileanes said Bleau, who is also actively involved in the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association as well as several other organizations relating to soccer, will have to scale back some of those other commitments in order to handle all the duties that come with the position of being head coach.

"He had all these plans to work with the youth soccer group in the fall because Dave was going to be the head coach. He'll have to scale back on that," Daileanes said. "There are more demands on time at the high school level.

"He's actively involved in the youth league, though, and that's another positive thing," Daileanes continued. "That will help the long-term involvement at the high school level. He's already offered a coaching clinic for youth coaches. That will be great to run youth practices with the same fundamentals that will be consistent at the high school level. We were very fortunate that Shawn was there; otherwise, we'd be really, really in a bind."

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