Mark Killinger leaves Norwell for Silver Lake football coaching job

Mark Killinger leaves Norwell for Silver Lake football coaching job

Mark Killinger leaves Norwell for Silver Lake football coaching job

For the last four years, Mark Killinger has coached in one of the toughest pound-for-pound high school football leagues in the state while at Norwell High.

The South Shore League sent five teams to the Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium in the fall.

Before landing a spot at Norwell, Killinger spent a season at Holbrook/Avon, and the Bulldogs snapped a 20-game losing streak during his tenure.

Now, his latest challenge will be building the Silver Lake football program into a winner while going head-to-head with some of the state’s best programs in the Patriot League’s Keenan Division.

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“I think this is by far one of the best football leagues in the whole state,” said Killinger of his new home. “(We told the kids), ‘We’re going to have our challenges,’ and if we want to be great, we want to make a name for ourselves and we want to face your top competition in the area. With Duxbury and Marshfield, Hingham and Whitman-Hanson, they’re well-established programs (but) we feel that we can come in there and hopefully build our identity and get an opportunity to play with them.”

Norwell High head coach Mark Killinger talks to his team during practice at Norwell High on Wednesday, Aug.  22, 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]

Along with the new coaching home, Killinger will move over to Silver Lake Middle School to become a health and wellness teacher. While coaching at Norwell, he was a teacher in Holbrook. Killinger said that played a big role in the decision to leave Norwell.

“It was certainly a tough decision to make,” said Killinger. “I think spending the past four seasons over there at Norwell trying to build that program up, it became a very important chapter in my life and my coaching career. When this opportunity came to go to Silver Lake, a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was going to be able to land a teaching job in the same district that I’d be able to coach in. It was good opportunity for myself, my family.”

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