New Hampshire Football Report

Newfound names Kershaw head coach

Ray Kershaw is no stranger to rebuilding jobs, and he’ll have one as Newfound Regional’s varsity football coach.

Newfound athletic director Peter Cofran confirmed Kershaw’s hiring Sunday. Kershaw will take over a program that has had four head coaches in the last three years.

Kershaw helped rescue a Mascoma program that was struggling on the field and to raise participation numbers when he took over as head coach in 2010. Mascoma had 12 healthy bodies for a season-ending 71-0 loss to Franklin in 2009, but reached the Division VI championship game in Kershaw’s third season as the program’s head coach. The Royals finished with an 8-3 record following a loss to Franklin in the 2012 title game. Kershaw resigned as Mascoma’s head coach after the 2013 season.

Newfound finished with a 1-7 record in Division III last season.

Kershaw was named New Hampshire’s head coach for the 2013 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, and guided New Hampshire to a 43-0 victory over Vermont that summer. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach on Paul Castonia’s staff at Plymouth State, and was an assistant at Proctor Academy for five years (2004-2009) before he was hired at Mascoma.

Kershaw replaces Brad Archer, who served as Newfound’s interim head coach last season after head coach Tony Catalano resigned in August during his first month on the job. Andrew Szendre was Newfound’s coach in 2014, but resigned after the 2014 season to become the head coach at Farmington.


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