On Saturday, November 10, members of the Class of 1978 paid tribute to Ed Sweeney, deceased head coach of the varsity football team from 1975 to 1977. For their 40th Reunion, the Class of 1978 chose to recognize Coach Sweeney, whose impressive record of 15-5-1 over the course of his three years as coach culminated in the undefeated 1977 season. Members of the class and other Arrows alumni who played for Sweeney, along with their families, gathered on campus to dedicate a plaque in his memory.
The plaque reads:
In Honor and Memory Of Edward F. Sweeney
April 27, 1949 – January 28, 2017
Head Football Coach 1975-1977
Undefeated ISL Champions in 1977
Outscored Opponents 287-18
Teacher of Discipline, the Team Concept, and Commitment to Winning
"We Talk With Our Pads"
Given By His Former Players and The Class of 1978
The day started with a reception in the rotunda of the new West Campus Center, followed by a ceremony in Arrows Hall. Headmaster Burke welcomed everyone in attendance and was followed by tri-captains Peter Arnold '78, John Lawler '78, and John McAuliffe '78, who shared memories and stories about Coach Sweeney and the impact he had on their team. Arnold presented both of Sweeney's children, Sean and Callie, with a picture of their father from one of his last games as the St. Sebastian's football coach. Afterwards, Sean Sweeney said a few words of gratitude for the dedication.
With a share of the ISL title at stake, the varsity football team, led by Coach Souza, who started coaching at St. Sebastian's in 1978, took to the field for their important game. Coach Sweeney and the alumni who played for him were honored prior to the game and stood at mid-field as the ArrowHeads, St. Sebastian's a cappella choir, sang the National Anthem.
As our 1977 football team did 41 years ago, this year's Arrows team defeated Thayer Academy in convincing fashion, with a score of 41-12, securing a share of the league title.