New Hampshire Football Report

Goffstown’s Hufft resigns

In a move that stunned many in the NHIAA football coaching community, Justin Hufft has resigned as Goffstown High School’s varsity head coach. Hufft made his decision to step down public after he met with his team Thursday.

Hufft, 43, said he’s worn down and needs to take some time away from football.

“I need to step away and recharge is the way I would put it,” he said. “Part of it is the stress I put myself under. (Coaching) takes a lot out of you. I don’t want to just be a figurehead. If I can’t be all-in …”

Hufft guided Goffstown to seven playoff appearances — two in Division III and five in Division I — during his nine seasons as the program’s head coach. The Grizzlies won the Division I title in 2015.

He spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Souhegan High School, his alma mater, and two years as an assistant at Saint Anselm College before he was hired as Goffstown’s head coach. He became the school’s athletic director in the summer of 2018.

He stressed that his decision to step down as football coach had nothing to do with his AD position. He also said he has received 100 percent support from the school’s administration.

“Somebody can do both (coach and be AD),” he said. “Right now, because of my own issues, I kind of need to step back from football, but it’s not a time thing. Being AD/football coach — that’s definitely doable. I think more people should do it.”

Hufft said he isn’t ruling out a return to coaching at some point, but added that he currently has no plans to get back on the sideline.

“I’ve been wrestling with the decision since before the season ended,” he said. “I’ve been leaning pretty heavily that I was not coming back. I knew I would miss it like crazy, and that’s gonna happen. I took as much time as could.” 


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