DARTMOUTH — Wakefield’s Shawn Theriault, a 1999 graduate of WHS and three-year varsity football player for the Warriors, was inducted into the UMass Dartmouth Hall of Fame on Oct. 19 at the Woodland Commons as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities for his contributions to the football team.
Theriault is currently a social studies teacher at the Galvin Middle School.
Theriault’s 2003 Corsair squad was also inducted into this year’s class as a team.
Theriault (’04) was a three-year letter-winner for Head Coach Bill Kavanaugh on the football field, as he graduated as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 2,849 yards. Theriault saved his best for last, as he amassed 1,349 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season of 2003 that included a 217-yard Most Valuable Player performance in a 21-7 victory over Worcester State in the ECAC Northeast Bowl. Theriault still owns the Corsair single-game record of 239 rushing yards set against Western New England during the 2003 campaign.
The 2003 Corsair Football team enjoyed one of the finest seasons in program history, as Kavanaugh guided his crew to a 9-2 overall mark that was capped by the ECAC Northeast Bowl victory over Worcester State. UMass Dartmouth’s nine wins rank second only to the 2002 squad’s 11 wins and was the middle campaign in a stretch that saw the Corsairs post 27 victories and earn three post-season berths. A total of eight individuals earned all-New England Football Conference honors from the 2003 team, including first-team selections Tom Koska and T.J. Mahoney and second-teamers John Falcone and Shawn Theriault. UMass Dartmouth’s defensive unit ranked as one of the best in the nation that fall, as the Corsairs finished eighth in Division III play by allowing only 9.8 points per contest.
Theriault grew up in Wakefield and was a member of the WHS Super Bowl team in 1997.
Theriault went on to a coaching career in football. He was the head coach at Danvers High from 2014 to 2016, amassing a 23-11 record and four postseason victories including the Division 3A title in 2015. He is currently an assistant coach at Framingham State.