BILLERICA -- Billerica High on Monday hired Duane Sigsbury as its new football coach to succeed Rich McKenna, who stepped down in March after one season, citing increased family obligations.

Sigsbury was the head coach at Cathedral High the past three seasons, lifting a previously struggling program to a 31-6 record while he was there, including a Division 4A Super Bowl title in 2012.

Before that, Sigsbury, 39, served as the offensive coordinator at Woburn and Reading High schools, and was an assistant for one season at Merrimack College.

While Sigsbury was Woburn's offensive coordinator (2004-06), the Tanners went 25-6 and won a Division 2 Super Bowl in 2005. During his time as Reading's offensive coordinator (2008-10), the Rockets went 36-2 and won a Division 2 Super Bowl in 2009.

Winning has seemed to follow Sigsbury, who played on Reading High's 1992 team that reached the EMass. Division 2A Super Bowl and was also a Reading assistant coach later in the 1990s when the Rockets won three Super Bowls.

Billerica High athletic director Dave Lezenski said Sigsbury was key to the successes of all three high school programs in which he coached. Lezenski said that he was impressed during the interview process by Sigsbury's "energy, and his love for the kids ... academically and athletically. We're very happy with this hire.



Sigsbury's hiring comes 15 months after Billerica tabbed former Indians linebacker McKenna to succeed Peter Flynn, who retired after 23 seasons as Billerica's head coach. McKenna came home to coach Billerica after four seasons as head coach at Westford.

Billerica has finished 2-9 each of the last two seasons. Lezenski said he was after an energetic coach to revitalize the program and that he believes he hit a home run with Sigsbury.

"I've always been impressed with the Billerica football program," Sigsbury said in a statement released by the school. "I coached against them when I was at Woburn and they were tough kids who played very hard. Then I would see them at preseason camps and always came away from that wondering what it would be like to coach a group of kids like that -- and here we are today with that opportunity."