All 700 high school students and staff members quietly jammed the gym while Coach Rafferty was preparing for his next class. To his great surprise, Rafferty walked out of the locker room to a standing ovation, and the humbled coach was presented with the game ball from his team’s 38-14 win over York. This win marked his 150th in his 35 year coaching career.
Athletic Administrator Joe Schwartzman also presented Coach Rafferty with a plague to commemorate the occasion. Mrs. Rafferty was presented with flowers as Coach thanked her for her support and patience.
Schwartzman commented, “In my three months of working with Coach, the thing that stands out the most is how much he cares about the kids, he always goes above and beyond to help them be successful. This carries over in how he treats other coaches and players- with respect and a sense of caring. He wants to win like all good coaches, but he wants to help mold better people in all his players.”
Joe Bush, Physical Education teacher from the Middle School of the Kennebunks, played for Rafferty in high school and now works with him on the sidelines at KHS. Bush, who caught the winning 2 point conversion in Rafferty’s first win in ’79, says that “even at a young age, we felt that he cared about us not only as football players but as the young men we were becoming. I made a college and career choice because of Coach, and here we are 30 plus years later and I find he is the same guy who truly cares about his players.”
To read more on the big win, http://www.pressherald.com/news/Kennebunk-powers-past-York-38-14.html