Frank Shea built a championship contending basketball program at Dom Savio and accomplished the same at Masconomet Regional, qualifying for the State Tournament 13 times while winning 206 games during what should ultimately be a Hall of Fame coaching career.
Shea was also a very good and fundamentally sound basketball player himself, a 6-foot-4-inch forward who starred at Savio before continuing his career at Salem State University. Throughout his playing and coaching career, he was known for his competitiveness and his ability to motivate his teammates and players to excellence.
Shea, 47, will carry that success as a coach and player in to his new position as the athletic director for the Revere High School and middle school sports programs. Shea, a teacher at Rumney Marsh Academy, was named as the new AD May 14, succeeding Shaun Hart, who is leaving to become the AD in Burlington.
â€œI am excited to be the athletic director â€“ itâ€™s a great opportunity,â€ said Shea, who is married to Revere Police Lt. Amy Oâ€™Hara (The couple has an eight-year-old son). â€œWe have the new stadium and I have some new thoughts and ideas that I would like to bring to Revere.â€
Shea has coached varsity basketball at Masconomet (Boxford) for the past seven years. This season he recorded his 200th career coaching victory. He previously coached at his alma mater, leading Savio to the state championship game at the TD Garden where the Spartans fell to Cathedral by three points.
Shea said he leaves Masconomet with good memories of his coaching experience. â€œI have nothing but good things to say about the people and the staff at Masco â€“ I really enjoyed being there. The flip side is that this is a new challenge and itâ€™s something I really wanted to pursue.â€
Shea arrives at the helm during an exciting time in the programâ€™s history with the opening of a brand new Harry Della Russo Stadium and the tremendous success of the Revere High girls basketball and softball programs. Both teams have won Northeastern Conference championships while the softball team advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals in 2014.
Shea is personally familiar with the girls teamsâ€™ recent run of victories, having followed the exploits of his niece, Caitlin Caramello, a standout athlete and now a college hoop player at Suffolk.
Eddie Sullivan Jr., a talented football and lacrosse player at the high school, was Mr. Sheaâ€™s student in physical education classes at Rumney Marsh.
â€œWe love Mr. Shea,â€ said Sullivan. â€œHeâ€™s a great guy, a great teacher, and a great role model. Iâ€™m very happy that heâ€™ll be the athletic director in our school.â€