AMESBURY – Amesbury athletic director Glen Gearin will take over as head coach of the Indians football team this coming fall on an interim basis after the school was unable to hire a permanent replacement for former coach Thom Connors.

Gearin will coach the team for the upcoming year before reposting the job after the conclusion of the season. Gearin said the school did have a candidate lined up in the spring, but a deal fell through after no teaching positions opened up for the new coach to take.

“So what we decided to do was look at a couple of interim people, ask around for people with head coaching experience who were interested in one year, and there weren’t too many people interested,” Gearin said. “So after talking to [AHS Principal] Roy Hamond, we decided that I’d do it for this year and we’d repost it after Thanksgiving.”

Gearin takes over an Amesbury team that went 4-7 last year but is only two years removed from a Cape Ann League championship and a postseason appearance. In terms of compensation, Gearin said he expects he will likely receive the usual football coach stipend on top of his normal salary, but he still needs to discuss that with superintendent Michele Robinson.

Prior to taking over as Amesbury’s athletic director and dean of students/activities in 2011, Gearin spent more than two decades as a teacher and as a high school coach. His most notable coaching stint came when he served as head coach of the Methuen High School football team from 2003 to 2006.

Following the death of Hall of Fame coach Larry Klimas in 2003, Gearin took over the program despite not having any head coaching experience and proceeded to go 3-37 over the next four years. During that stretch, Gearin’s teams went winless in the Merrimack Valley Conference, going 0-32 against league opponents, and his only wins came against Greater Lawrence Tech and Lawrence in 2003, and then against Belchertown in 2006, a win that snapped what was then the longest active losing streak in Eastern Mass. at 30 games.

Gearin, for his part, acknowledged that his head coaching tenure in Methuen was a struggle.

“It was pretty well documented,” Gearin said. “We ran into some issues with win losses, but we were proud of the kids we had in the program.”

Gearin said he has met with his players and they are excited for the upcoming season, and now that everybody knows who the coach will be, they are ready to prepare for the fall.

Training camp is set to begin on Aug. 18, and then the Indians will open their season against Triton on the road on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

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