‘New’ Football Coach to Return to Pelham High School Sidelines
December 31, 2015
by Mike Bourk
A familiar face will return to the sidelines when the Pythons take the field in the fall as Tom Babaian returns as Pelham High School’s football head coach. Babaian coached the Pythons from 1996-2011, compiling an overall record of 79-80, a playoff record of 8-4, and two state championships.
Out of coaching altogether for three years, Babaian returned as defensive coordinator at Nashua South in 2015. He spoke about getting back into coaching high school football, “I missed the culture, working with the kids, having them adapt to different things, learning new techniques, and the overall aspect and atmosphere of coaching football.”
When offered the position by Pelham High Athletic Director Todd Kress, Coach Babaian accepted. It was the right time and opportunity for Babaian. He elaborates, “Being an educator at Pelham High School made sense from both a school administration viewpoint and my standpoint. Knowing the kids, seeing them every day in a classroom environment, and understanding what the school needs from their football coach, and the culture you have to create for a successful program, it was a good match for both the school and myself.”
Coach Babaian continued, “I really enjoy the kids at Pelham High and the football kids in particular are ready to work hard to get our program going in the right direction again.”
Babaian talked about young local players, “Working with the local youth program plays a key initiative in the ongoing success of any high school program. In our case the Razorbacks are no different. They’ve done a really nice job over the years getting the kids prepared for what’s going to happen at the high school level. Hopefully we can build on that organization’s success at the high school level. Several of their coaches have been my high school assistant coaches in the past and we have a very good relationship.”
The Pythons posted undefeated seasons and won back-to-back Division 5 state titles in 2007 and 2008 under Coach Babaian. They were then bumped up to Division 3 where the team struggled against much larger schools. In the ever-changing world of NHIAA High School football, two years ago the number of divisions was reduced from six divisions to three. Pelham will be playing in Division 2, South Conference. The Pythons have a competitive schedule on their slate for 2016 playing against Milford, Pembroke, Sanborn, Manchester West, Saint Thomas, Trinity, Souhegan, Hollis-Brookline, and ConVal.
While Babaian has reached out to several people to join his coaching staff, the names of those individuals cannot be released until the paperwork with the school is finalized.