It appears a bruised ego may have triumphed over the best interest of the students and led Tech Football Coach Kevin Callagy to take his football and go home after not being appointed to the Athletic Directors post.
For weeks rumors floated around that this was a predetermined outcome with a local candidate having it all sewn up but Callagy chose to apply anyway, especially after speaking with Supt. Santoro who encouraged him.
“I encouraged him, like I would encourage anyone who ask me and expresses an interest to apply for any job they feel qualified for and interested in” the Supt. told me. “However until I receive a recommendation from the Principal after he has interviewed people sent to him by a screening committee I stay out of appointments.”
“There was no politics involved and contrary to the popular rumor, we hired the best candidate we felt fit into the position and it’s someone with no connection to Greater Lowell.” Santoro stated.
That would be Mark White who is presently a dean of students at Weymouth High School. The 31-years-old White was head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Minuteman Tech. Mark White, graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, spent four years as a health and wellness teacher at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington and blew the committee and everyone away in his interviews according to Supt. Santoro.
So it seems to me that Coach Kevin Callagy, who teaches in Methuen and was the head coach of North Andover for three seasons (1998-2000) then an Asst. Football Coach in Methuen may have felt misled by the Supt.’s encouragement and/or hurt that a younger person got the post he wanted and instead of fulfilling his obligation to the kids, chose to show them that quitting when you don’t get what you want is the way to handle adversity…maybe it isn’t that great a loss for the school after all.