New Hampshire Football Report

Francoeur ready for new role

Ryan Francoeur (right) with cousin Larry Francoeur (left) and his father James Francoeur.

Ryan Francoeur will replace Ron Auffant as the program’s head coach. Other than that don’t expect things to look much different with regard to the Winnacunnet High School football program next season.

Francoeur, who was elevated from offensive coordinator to head coach shortly after Auffant resigned following the 2018 season, said most of this year’s coaching staff will remain in place, and the Warriors will continue to run the Veer offense as well.

“On the field, in terms of football stuff, I don’t see a lot of that changing,” Francoeur said. “We believe in what we do. If anything, there will be some minor changes off the field.”

Francoeur, 38, joined the Winnacunnet staff in 2003, after coaching at the junior varsity level at Noble High School North Berwick, Maine. He remained at Winnacunnet until he became the head coach at Epping-Newmarket High School in 2009. After three seasons at Epping-Newmarket he returned to Winnacunnet as the program’s offensive coordinator.

Francoeur, who teaches Social Studies at Winnacunnet, had a 12-16 record during his three season at Epping-Newmarket. The Blue Devils finished as the runner-up to Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough in the 2011 Division VI championship game.

“From the moment I was hired here in 2003 (becoming the program’s head coach) was the end goal for sure,” Francoeur said. “That’s one of the reasons I took the job at Epping. I wanted to have that experience so being a head coach wouldn’t be new.

“Coaching there was a big help because you’re dealing with a lot less resources to get things done. We’re fortunate to have the resources we do at Winnacunnet. It was extremely rewarding when I found out I would be the next coach. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for about 17 years now.”

Auffant’s Winnacunnet teams were 92-64-1 in his 15 years as the program’s head coach. The Warriors won the Division II championship in 2012,  and won the Division I title in 2017.

Winnacunnet must replace 16 starters (nine on offense) from a team that lost to Salem in the Division I quarterfinals last season.

“Next year will be interesting for us,” Francoeur said. “It’ll be a new look in terms of personnel for sure. Hopefully we’re retooling rather than rebuilding.”

 

 

 

 

 

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