New Hampshire Football Report

BG goes with Nalen

Bishop Guertin High School’s search for a varsity football coach is over.

BG announced Wednesday that it has hired former Epping/Newmarket head coach Anthony Nalen to fill that position. Nalen has served as the head coach at Lunenburg (Mass.) since 2020, the same year he resigned as Epping/Newmarket’s head coach.

“We are excited to have Coach Nalen join our Bishop Guertin community,” BG athletic director Ryan Brown said in a press release. “In all of our communications with him and in conversations with those who have worked closely with him over the years, Coach Nalen’s commitment to creating strong relationships with his student-athletes and their families was clearly evident. His track record of winning at the high school level across several programs in the last decade demonstrates an ability to adapt and thrive in new settings.” 

Nalen guided Lunenburg to an 18-9 record during his time there. His Epping/Newmarket team went 3-6 and failed to make the Division III playoffs in 2019, his only season at the school

A 2010 graduate of Springfield College, Nalen earned a master’s of education from Endicott in 2018. He has also been the head coach at four other Massachusetts schools: Matignon, Bishop Connolly, Randolph and Saugus.

In those stints, his teams have been named MIAA Football Sportsmanship Award recipients twice (2017, 2019) and also received the 2021 CMASS Officials Sportsmanship Award honoree. Nalen was named the Mayflower Athletic Conference 2015 Coach of the Year at Bishop Connolly after posting the best record in school history and leading his team to the league title with a 5-0 record, while outscoring opponents, 184-20, in those games. 

A former quarterback at Springfield, he helped his team to the 2006 Empire 8 Championship and was one of the conference’s top players during his career. Following his playing career at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, Mass., he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame. 

In 2022, Bishop Guertin posted a 7-2 regular season record and earned the No. 5 seed in the Division I playoffs. The Cardinals beat Dover, 42-14, in the preliminary round, before losing at Pinkerton Academy in the quarterfinals, 14-12. 

Nalen replaces John Trisciani, who resigned as BG’s head coach five days after the loss to Pinkerton.

“The bedrock of our football team is strong,” Brown said. “We look forward to welcoming Coach Nalen to Bishop Guertin to continue to build on that foundation of excellence.” 


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