PJHS Names Alumnus New Athletic Director


May 8, 2018

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Pope John XXIII High School Announces Alumnus from the class of 1988 as Athletic Director

Everett, MA – PJHS head of school, Carl DiMaiti, announced Tuesday, May 8th that Paul Sobolewski ’88 would be returning to Pope John as the athletic director and head football coach. Coach Sobolewski will be returning to Pope John after a 12 year hiatus having coached from 2003-2005 for the Tigers. He will replace Ryan Murphy on July 1st, who has accepted the position as Director of Athletics with the Raiders of Watertown.

A native Revere resident, Sobolewski has built a solid coaching career and resume in Massachusetts high school football. He has also had the privilege of coaching basketball, baseball, and track and field since graduating in 1988. Having played football himself at Pope John from 1984 – 88, he was a member of the 1987 CCL Small championship team. After graduation, Sobolewski went on to play two seasons at Merrimac, before finishing his degree at Western New England University.

From 2003-2005, Sobolewski led the PJ Tigers to a 19-13 record with the 2005 team finishing the season with a 9-2 record. This was one of the most explosive offenses in school history, amassing nearly 400 points. That team was home to Pope John Athletic Hall of Fame members Anthony Nalen – head football coach at Saugus High School, Peter Giannikopoulos, and Brian Benson.

In 2006, Paul took the reigns for the Winchester High School football team and led the Sachems to a 32-24 record with three consecutive Thanksgiving rivalry victories over Woburn. The 2009 team recorded it best record since 1990 and in his five seasons with the club, he sent more than 20 players to the college gridiron – most notably Joey Cleary at Bowdoin and now working with the Baltimore Ravens front office and David Thomann, having played at the University of Texas.

In 2016, Sobolewski joined the team of the Cathedral High School Panthers. Here he has held a two year record of 19-4 with a CCL Small championship in 2016 and North Sectional Final championship in 2017, as well as, earning a place as Eastern MA semi-finalists. After talking with athletes at Cathedral of his new role at Pope John, Paul had this to say “I am excited to return to my alma mater and to where my head coaching career began.  I believe in the mission of the school and the direction it is going in under the current administration.  I really can’t wait to get to work and continue building a solid athletic program that stresses academics and multi sport participation.”

Paul Sobolewski is a three time coach of the year recipient; was most recently named 2017 Boston Globe D8 Coach of the year and has sent more than 40 high school student athletes to play football beyond graduation. Joining his football staff at Pope John will be PJHS Hall of Fame member Robert Sobolewski ’84, Pinnacle award winner for Achievement in Athletics Ed McKinnon ’88, Carlos Alonso ’04 and Michael Cella also of Revere.