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Frontier Regional football coach Scott Dredge resigns, named assistant principal at school

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Frontier Regional head coach Scott Dredge resigned from his position on Wednesday. Dredge has been named an assistant principal at Frontier and will be unable to coach.

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Frontier Regional head coach Scott Dredge resigned from his position on Wednesday. Dredge has been named an assistant principal at Frontier and will be unable to coach. Purchase photo reprints »

The Intercounty League lost its third football coach of the offseason on Thursday.

Frontier Regional coach Scott Dredge resigned after eight years as head coach at the South Deerfield school. This comes two weeks after John Mayo resigned from both baseball and football head jobs at Belchertown, and roughly three months after Mohawk Trail football coach Jim Smith retired.

Dredge was named assistant principal at Frontier Regional on Wednesday and his new duties make it too difficult to put the proper time in as football coach.

“With his new role as assistant principal, it really wasn’t feasible to do both jobs,” Frontier athletic director Marty Sanderson said. “He’s going to be missed. He had great success in his time here. I thought he communicated really well with the players and they responded to it. The good thing is that he is not leaving the school, so he’ll still be involved with the students and the sports teams here.”

Dredge held a meeting with his players on Thursday, informing them that he was stepping down. He said the decision was made out of necessity and that football was something he was going to miss.

“It was rough but I knew I had to make the decision really fast because we are late in the hiring process,” Dredge said. “It was pretty clear that with my new professional commitment, I wasn’t going to be able to do both. I enjoyed my time with the team, and I’ll still be at every game, but when preseason begins in August, I’m going to have to sit back.”

Dredge’s success began in 2005 when he led the team to a 6-3 record. The next season the Red Hawks went 8-2, won the league and earned a trip to the Super Bowl where Frontier suffered a 28-0 loss to Oakmont Regional. Frontier followed that campaign with an undefeated regular season, going 10-0 before falling 20-8 to Putnam in a semifinal that determined the Super Bowl representative.

Frontier reached the 2009 Division 3 Super Bowl where the Red Hawks lost to Mahar.

Dredge finished 54-29 over the eight season. His teams went 43-19 in the IL, won two league championships, made three postseason appearances and went 0-2 in the Super Bowl.

“It’s been really fun to coach in our league,” Dredge said. “We have a lot of great coaches and some very good teams. I’ll definitely miss all of that.”

Sanderson said he hopes to have a coach in place by the end of the school year.

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