Archbishop Williams High School head football coach William “Bill” Kinsherf ‘89, and Casey Earle ‘17, will resume their roles as head coach and linebacker respectively, when the pair take to the gridiron together one last time at the Shriners 39th All-Star Football Classic at Bentley University on June 17.
For Bill, serving as head coach with five assistants and a team of All-Stars, is a welcome experience. “I love working with the All-Stars,” he said. “When you tell them what to do, they immediately know how to do it. The assistants are a great bunch to work with too.”
Bill is especially happy to be on the field with Casey again. ““He’s been a fun and dedicated kid to work with all four years on varsity,” Bill said. “This game will be great for him, and kind of his last hurrah for high school football.”
For Casey, who was named Male Athlete of the Year for 2017 at Archbishop Williams, the opportunity to play in the Classic, and with “Coach K,” as Bill is affectionately known, is a dream come true. “Being selected for the Shriners game is a great honor and I am looking forward to playing in the game,” he said. “Playing for Coach K is going to be awesome. I've learned so much from his coaching over the last four years, and I cannot wait to play for him one last time.”
It won’t be Bill’s first time at the Classic - he’s had the honor of serving the Shriners twice before , but as assistant coach.
Bill and Casey’s selection for the prestigious game is an honor for the school, noted Athletic Director Gordie McClay. “We’re happy to have Bill and Casey represent Archbishop Williams at the Shriners Classic,” said McClay, adding that having Bill as head coach is a special honor. “Not only is he a coach, he’s a football ambassador.”
For Bill, the game will be the culmination of yearlong commemoration of his 25th season last fall as a football coach at Archbishop Williams - 21 of those as head coach.
As South Head Coach for the eastern Mass. competition, Bill brings to the game the culmination of a lifetime of coaching experience built on his career at Archbishop Williams where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach and player in 2016. As coach, Bill has tallied 110 wins - the most of any coach in the school’s nearly 70 year history. He has also coached through three Catholic Central League (CCL) titles in the Large School Division, four playoff appearances, and two Super Bowl appearances. Following a perfect 10-0 regular season in 2002, Bill was recognized as a Boston Globe “Coach of the Year.”
As a player at Archbishop Williams, Bill ‘89, began his football career in the same school where he now coaches. His on-field successes for the Bishops were recognized by his alma mater when he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame like his brother Jim ‘87 and sister Karen ‘93 before him. Playing for another Hall of Fame coach, Kevin MacDonald, Bill was a three-year letter winner, two-year starter as a fullback and linebacker, and a senior captain. He was a also a member of three consecutive CCL championship teams that won 30 games with only two losses. His successes earned him recognition as a two-time CCL All-Star and as a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic.
A multi-sport athlete, Bill was a three-year CCL Track and Field All-Star and a varsity basketball player for two years. From Archbishop Williams, Bill joined the varsity football team at Southern Connecticut University as a freshman and played until sidelined by an injury. Bill returned to Archbishop Williams as an assistant coach to MacDonald, his mentor, and when MacDonald retired, Bill assumed the position of head coach.
Bill’s passion for football complements his love of education. Starting as a full time teacher in 2008 at Archbishop Williams, Bill drew on his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of Mass., Boston, to teach World History classes. Drawing on his Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University, Bill developed curriculum for an innovative freshman Skills class which he also taught. The course integrates his sports and teaching knowledge of health and nutrition into lessons that develop skills in studying, reading, writing, making presentations, library research, technology, organization, and time management - skills which benefit students in all of their classes for all four years of high school.
Most recently, Bill has moved up to administration, serving as Director of Student Activities and now Dean of Student Life for Grades 7-12. He especially enjoys his position as dean because he still has the opportunity to interact daily with students, listening to their ideas and needs which he brings to the table for the administrative team. In that position, Bill also serves as a liaison between faculty and the administration.
When the Shriners Classic is over, Casey will be preparing to make the transition from high school to college life at Stonehill College where he’ll play football for the Skyhawks. For Bill, he’ll be transitioning into his annual summer conditioning program which he first introduced when he began his coaching career at Archbishop Williams. Originally geared for football players, the program has since expanded to welcome all athletes, with as many as 50 participants on any given day and more than 200 individual participants each summer. And when that program wraps-up, it’s back to the sidelines for another exciting fall season as Head Coach for the Bishops!