Cote out as BG coach

Bishop Guertin is now seeking a new head football coach, athletic director Pete Paladino said Thursday.

The question is, why?

Paladino, when relaying the news late that the position would be officially opened and posted Friday, would not elaborate on why now-former head coach Travis Cote would not be returning for a fifth season.

Cote, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment.

“I can’t really say anything except that we will be posting the position,” Paladino said. “It’s a personnel matter and I also want to respect Travis’ privacy.”

Cote went 25-17 during his four seasons at Bishop Guertin, after taking over in 2011 for highly successful coach Tony Johnson, who at first focused on his duties as athletic director and then left the school for Worcester Academy.

Cote, a Milford High School alum, was viewed as a well-respected, up-and-coming young coach as the head man at Manchester West when he took the BG job. Cote’s Cardinals won the Division II championship in his first season, beating Dover 16-7, and then lost to eventual champion Winnacunnet in the semifinals in 2012.

Under a new Division I conference format, Guertin missed the Division I playoffs in 2013 despite a 6-3 record, and ironically won its last three regular season games to reach the playoffs this past fall and won the West Conference championship over Alvirne before falling to eventual Division I champion Pinkerton in the semifinals. The Cards finished 5-6 overall.

When asked if any change was in the works for a while, Paladino would not comment excpet to say the decision to open up the position had just been made. Other sources in the school said there had been no inkling of a change until Thursday.

As for the timetable in the search for a successor to Cote, Paladino said “We’ll go through the process and, hopefully, have someone in place by February.”

Would anyone in the building be interested? Cote had been the coach at Manchester West and taught there when he took the Guertin job, and now teaches in the Nashua school system at Pennichuck Junior High.

“I haven’t really gotten into it,” Paladino said, when asked about any internal interest. “We’ll post it, see who applies and what comes in, and go from there.”

Former Alvirne head coach and Guertin assistant Mark Phillips teaches at the school, but whether he has any interest is not known. Phillips could not be reached on Thursday.