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August 22, 2013

A revamped coaching staff

Triton's Sheehan rounds out staff with top assistants

BYFIELD — Pat Sheehan spent the offseason rounding out his coaching staff with assistants who have made names for themselves in the Cape Ann League.

The Triton football coach hired former Ipswich head coach Ted Flaherty and former Newburyport offensive coordinator Ryan McCarthy to bolster a staff that has led the team to a 7-26 record over the last three seasons.

Flaherty, who left Ipswich this winter after eight seasons as a head coach, will work with defensive coordinator Shawn McElligott, who also has head coaching experience, on defensive strategy and game plans. McCarthy will take over offensive play-calling duties from Sheehan after overseeing a Newburyport offense that set program records for passing yards twice in the last six seasons.

“In Massachusetts high school football, it’s tough to keep good coaches in-house,” Sheehan said. “We don’t get paid a lot, and we work a ton of hours. I’m always looking for good coaches on the sideline. I know Ted well, and I’ve worked with Ryan before. When they became available, I hunted them right down. I was the first call they got when I found out their availability.”

Flaherty’s record at Ipswich was relatively strong for one of the smaller schools in the CAL. His 2006 team won a Super Bowl title. The 1976 Ipswich graduate compiled a record of 26-60 in eight seasons.

“We’re running a new defense with Ted helping out (McElligott),” Sheehan said. “We’re going to be running a 4-3 defense. Coach Mac and Coach Flaherty worked tirelessly to develop that. We’ll be strong up front with speed on the perimeter.”

McCarthy, a former Newburyport High quarterback, installed a passing attack in Newburyport that was unrivaled in the Cape Ann League from 2007 to 2011. He called offensive plays for two quarterbacks — Joe Clancy and Connor Wile — who broke program marks for passing yards and touchdowns.

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