Shrewsbury – After leading the Colonials to post a convincing 42-12 victory over Westfield in the State Semifinal of the 2016 MIAA Tournament to advance to the Division 2 Super Bowl Championship, Shrewsbury High School football head coach John Aloisi was named Nov. 22 as the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.
Shrewsbury will now take on Duxbury High School in its quest for the school’s first state title since 2007, and third in over 40 seasons. The Colonials also notched playoff wins over Algonquin Regional and St. John’s of Shrewsbury on their way to a spot in the Super Bowl, set to take place Dec. 3 at Gillette Stadium, after suffering losses to both teams during the regular season. The team’s success comes in Aloisi’s third year at the helm of the Shrewsbury High football program following head coaching stints at Worcester Academy and Nantucket, his alma mater.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Shrewsbury players and coaching staff Nov. 22 to present the Colonials football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Aloisi. The visit and check presentation was featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which aired Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and is now available on Patriots.com.
This is the 21st year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in honoring local schools and coaches in the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding performances and promotes a strong foundation for youth football across New England.
“Congratulations to Coach Aloisi and the Colonials on earning the opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl Championship here at Gillette Stadium,” Tippett said. “We are excited to honor this team during what must be such an exciting time for the Shrewsbury High School community and wish you all the best of luck in Foxborough.”
At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.