LYNNFIELD — Neal Weidman, who coached Lynnfield High football for 10 seasons and made the Pioneers into one of the consistently successful teams on the North Shore, is stepping down.
Weidman made the announcement in an email to the Lynnfield community.
“I have taken great consideration and care in making this decision, and it was a difficult one because of the value I place on being part of the Lynnfield football community.
“Leading the Lynnfield Pioneers for the past 10 seasons has been among the most fulfilling things I have done,” he said. “My family and I value the many memories we have made being part of this football program over the years.”
Lynnfield’s best season was in 2012, when the Pioneers won the Baker Division of the Cape Ann League (the first of six straight division titles, including last fall as well), and went to the Division 3A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, losing 21-7 to Bishop Feehan.
Weidman’s 10-year record at Lynnfield was 78-34, for a .696 winning percentage — the best in the history of the town. He amassed 78 wins during that time, second only to Bill Rodan (101).
Lynnfield also won seven CAL Baker titles in Weidman’s 10 years.
Lynnfield came close to going to another Super Bowl in 2014, going 11-1, defeating Winthrop, 35-14 in the North final before bowing out to Holliston in the state semifinal.
Pioneer teams under Weidman were noted for their offenses. Last year, the Pioneers scored 337 points, fifth all-time in the school’s history. Seven of the top 10 teams with the most points were Weidman’s.
Last year was the 16th time Lynnfield had eight or more wins in a season, and six of those were in the last 10 years under Weidman.
Weidman said, however, that the game is more than wins and losses.
“Football extends far beyond the game itself, and I will truly miss coaching these great young men,” he said. “I remain committed to helping them in any way that I am able.”
Weidman says he will stick around until his replacement is chosen.
“The players need to remain focused on their preparation for the season ahead, which I’m confident will be a strong one, marked by much success,” he said.