Kevin Driscoll has been Avon Old Farms School's head varsity football coach since 1985 and on Saturday night he coached his last game as he retires from the post.
Headmaster Kenneth LaRocque, current and former players, including New York Giants starting running back Michael Cox, family and fans were there on Nov. 2 for the Phillips Exeter game to honor him. The game also marked a new tradition of the two schools playing the first weekend in November.
Bill Mella, the associate coach, will step up as head coach next season "while Coach Driscoll focuses his energy building financial aid reserves which will help to provide deserving young men the opportunity to enjoy an Avon Old Farms education," according to a press release from Avon Old Farms.
Driscoll has built the football program into a team with a "strong winning tradition and multiple Erickson League championships," the press release stated.
Several former players have gone on to play in college and many of them, like Cox, advanced to the National Football League (NFL). The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has honored him twice for his "coaching excellence, and is highly respected throughout New England for his coaching accomplishments," the release stated.
Earlier in the day, the school honored Driscoll with a tribute in the campus refectory.