Monteiro is formally approved as new East Providence High football coach

Alum, former coach and current teacher Jay Monteiro was approved as the new head football coach at East Providence High School, June 10. Alum, former coach and current teacher Jay Monteiro was approved as the new head football coach at East Providence High School, June 10.

EAST PROVIDENCE — Jay Monteiro was formally approved as the new head football coach at East Providence High School by the School Committee at its meeting Tuesday night, June 10, in the City Hall Chamber.

Mr. Monteiro, the candidate submitted for consideration by Superintendent Kim Mercer following a round of interviews by a search committee the previous week, takes over for long-time EPHS grid coach Sandy Gorham. Mr. Gorham, whose resignation from the position was also accepted at Tuesday’s meeting, is leaving the program after two decades.

Alum, former coach and current teacher Jay Monteiro was approved as the new head football coach at East Providence High School, June 10.

Alum, former coach and current teacher Jay Monteiro was approved as the new head football coach at East Providence High School, June 10.

Mr. Monteiro returns to lead the East Providence High School staff following a short time away from the gridiron and after a lengthy stint as an assistant football coach at Bryant University, which ended in 2011. Mr. Monteiro was an assistant coach for the Townies for 15 seasons from 1989-2003, including the last eight under Coach Gorham.

“I would just like to thank Mrs. Mercer and the School Committee for this opportunity to serve the community,” Mr. Monteiro said during a short speech following his appointment. “It will be a pleasure giving back to the community. I’ve been away from East Providence for a long time, since 2003. I’m anxious to get back and turn this program around.

“The main thing I want to do is to keep the kids here not just for a great education, but to also have a great athletic experience.”

Mr. Monteiro inherits a program in a bit of a lull. The Townies, after winning a state title in 2006 and making three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, have won just three Division I regular season games the last two years. East Providence has also lost nine of its last 10 Thanksgiving Day games to rival LaSalle, the last seven in a row.

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