Mark Killinger leaves Norwell to work as a soccer coach at Silver Lake

For the past four years, Mark Killinger has coached at Norwell High in one of the toughest high school football leagues in the state.

The South Shore League sent five teams to the Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium in the fall.

Before landing a berth at Norwell, Killinger spent a season with Holbrook/Avon, and the Bulldogs suffered a 20-game losing streak during his tenure.

Now his latest challenge will be to make Silver Lake’s football program a winner while taking on some of the state’s best programs in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League.

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“I think this is by far one of the best football leagues in the state,” Killinger said of his new home. “(We said to the kids), ‘We’re going to have our challenges,’ and if we want to be great, we want to make a name for ourselves and take on your top competition in the region. With Duxbury and Marshfield, Hingham and Whitman-Hanson, they’re well-established programs (but) we feel like we’re going to get in there and hopefully build our identity and get the opportunity to play with them.”

Norwell High head coach Mark Killinger speaks to his team during practice at Norwell High on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Robin Chan]

Along with the new coaching home, Killinger will transfer to Silver Lake Middle School to become a health and wellness instructor. While training at Norwell, he was a teacher at Holbrook. Killinger said that played a big part in the decision to leave Norwell.

“It was certainly a difficult decision,” said Killinger. “I think spending the last four seasons over there at Norwell trying to build that program has become a very important chapter in my life and coaching career. When this opportunity came up to go to Silver Lake, it had a lot to do with my being able to get a teaching job in the same district where I could be a coach. It was a good opportunity for me, my family.”

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