Derek Asadoorian leaving Groton-Dunstable for Gardner

Derek Asadoorian has resigned from his post as head football and softball coach and math teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School to move on to Gardner High School, where he will become head football coach and teach math as well.

G-D principal Michael Mastrullo said that the decision was made by Asadoorian because he wanted to be closer to his family.

“I know he was happy at G-D, so it was not a desire to leave GD, but rather a family decision,” Mastrullo said. “With his kids growing, long teaching and practice hours, coupled with a long commute, it all added up to an untenable situation. The decision to leave was solely Derek’s decision. Derek was a great coach and a better teacher. He will be missed by the staff and students. Our loss is certainly Gardner’s gain.”

Asadoorian confirmed those sentiments in a separate statement.

“It was a difficult decision to leave G-D,” he said. “I have spent 15 years there creating relationships and working as hard as I could for the students and athletes of GD.  There were a multitude of factors that went into the decision to leave in favor of Gardner High, not the least of which is proximity to home.  I am looking forward to the new challenge of being a math teacher and head football coach in a different high school, as well as any other positions where my experience may be beneficial.  There are things I will miss, in particular, I will miss the people of G-D.”

G-D has hired Tom Sousa as the new head football coach. Sousa had been a long-time assistant for the Chelmsford High School football team.

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