Published in the August 23, 2018 edition

READING — With more wins than any Catholic high school football coach in state history, this fall will be the final season for Bill Maradei at the helm of Austin Preparatory School football.

“I’ve enjoyed 45 years of coaching football and 40 years as a head coach,” Maradei said. “It’s time to move on. I want the focus of this season to be on my players but I also want to give the school a chance to find a successor.”

Maradei has been a teacher at Austin Prep since 1993, when he took over the football program. He led the Cougars to two state championships in 1999 and 2009, a Super Bowl run in 1996, and numerous Catholic Central League championships.

“Coach Maradei has had an incredible impact on the lives of countless athletes who have played for him,” said Austin Prep Headmaster James Hickey. “In addition to football, I think Bill has coached just about every high school sport and the life lessons he taught on the football field made it onto many other fields. And those athletes are better for it, too. While it’s easy to say Coach Maradei’s legacy is football, in reality his legacy is the exceptional men and women he helped form with timeless values who are now leaving their mark on society. I’m so grateful to Bill for his exceptional sacrifice and commitment to Austin Prep.”

Prior to joining Austin Prep, he coached at the now-closed St. Dominic Savio High School in East Boston, where he earned his first Super Bowl victory. He is the only coach in more than 80 years to win 100 games at two different schools.

“Coach Maradei’s retirement is the end of an era here at Austin Prep,” said Director of Athletics Jonathan Pollard (Austin Prep class of 1997). “Often Coach’s wins and championships overshadow what really has made him an exceptional coach – the positive impact he has on his players extends off the field.”

He was named Football Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2009, and was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009. With a record of 265-146-4, Maradei ranks 11th on the Boston Herald’s Top 25 Winningest High School Football Coaches in Massachusetts.

Sons Billy and Mark are 2011 and 2012 graduates of Austin Prep, respectively, and both played football for the Cougars under their father’s direction.

“I’m very proud that my sons were able to play for me and now they coach with me,” Maradei said. “I’m so lucky to have coached at two great schools.”

His final game as Austin Prep head coach will be the Thanksgiving football game on Thur., Nov. 22 – a game that will be played on home turf. He teaches science in the middle school program at Austin Prep, and does not have any plans to retire from teaching at this time.

“I am thankful his final home game will be played here at Austin Prep on Fr. Seymour Field,” Pollard said. “I am confident our fans will show their support throughout the season, but more specifically on our Thanksgiving Day game, as I am sure record numbers of alums will be in attendance to see Coach off into retirement.”