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Poised to Take the Reins

Poised to Take the Reins

We are excited to announce that Mr. John Sexton '97 has been named the next Head Coach of Raider Football after an extensive search that began after Mr. Chuck "Coach A" Adamopoulos stepped down in November after 26 seasons.

Coach Sexton is well positioned to lead Raider Football after serving as a coach within the program for over 20 years.

Coach John Sexton '97

CCHS Announces New Head Varsity Football Coach 

Lawrence, MA – After an extensive search, Central Catholic High School has named Mr. John Sexton '97 (Lowell, MA) as the new Head Varsity Football Coach. 

Coach Sexton is taking the lead after the retirement of legendary CCHS Varsity Football Coach Mr. Chuck “Coach A” Adamopoulos in November 2022 after 26 incredible, history-making seasons. 

Coach Sexton is not new to Raider football, having served as a coach at Central Catholic for the past 22 years. He began his career as the Quarterbacks coach and worked primarily with the Sophomore and Junior Varsity teams. 

Coach John Sexton '97

For the past 13 seasons, John has served as the Offensive Coordinator (OC) for the Varsity Football Team. Since he became the OC, the team has seen great success with an overall record of 107-28. 

Coach John Sexton '97 talks with the quarterback

Coach Sexton has coached several student-athletes who have continued their athletic careers in college at all levels of play. In addition to coaching, Mr. Sexton is in his second year as a building-based educator at CCHS. 

John Sexton '97

"I am very grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to lead this amazing football program,” said Mr. John Sexton '97.

"I love Central Catholic – it’s my home! It’s great place to go to school, a great place for athletics and I just can’t wait to get to work."

As a student-athlete at CCHS, Mr. Sexton played football, baseball, and basketball. He also participated in Student Council, Campus Ministry, and Peer Leaders. John’s brother, Justin A. Sexton '00, also graduated from CCHS.

"We are really excited for John to become the next Head Varsity Football Coach," said Mr. Zach Blaszak, Director of Athletics & Activities at CCHS.

"As an alumnus of Central Catholic and its football program, John has been a dedicated and passionate coach whose success has been shown on and off the field. He has some big shoes to fill as he follows CCHS Hall of Fame Coach and legend, Chuck Adamopoulos, but I am confident that John will succeed and further strengthen our storied football program. I look forward to continuing working with John and foresee a strong future of CCHS Raider football."

Coach John Sexton '97 looks across field.


About Raider Athletics

Girls basketball team in huddle at TD Garden

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of teamwork and excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

We offer 30 Varsity Sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC), and the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Skier coming downhill

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit, call 978-682-0260, or email

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.