Tributes pour in for late Chelmsford football coach Tom Caito

CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts (March 18, 2024) – Legendary Chelmsford High School football coach Tom Caito passed away over the weekend.

Mr. Caito coached at CHS from 1979-1995, before moving on to be the head coach at Merrimack College.

Upon hearing of the loss, former colleagues, players, sports journalists and opposing coaches, as well as many others, shared their condolences via social media.

Here are just some of the tributes to the late coach:

“This man was someone that always made an impact when he stepped (sic) in a room I am honored to call my grandfather. He was someone that was a mentor to me and the strongest person I know.” – Thomas Caito

“He was an incredible coach, but the type of man that he was and the way in which he treated people is what truly separated him from everyone else. He will be sorely missed.” – George Peterson, CHS head football coach

“Athlete or not, we are all better people thanks to Coach Caito.” – Jeff Parks, McCarthy Middle School principal and CHS rugby coach

“Great coach … better man. It was an honor to play for you!” –Lou DiStasi, CHS baseball coach

“A legend in every sense of the word! Tremendous man.” – Michael O’Keefe, former CHS baseball coach

“One of the best!” – Mike Lynch, retired WCVB sports anchor

“Coach Caito was a positive person in my childhood. Wouldn’t be the person today without him.” – Brian McCray

“One of the absolute legends in Massachusetts high school football in the 2000s. Tommy was as genuine as anyone could be. Great coach, fantastic person.” – John Papas, former football coach and founder of Elite Football Clinics

“One of the great men I have had the privilege of learning from! Truly a special person in every way possible!” – Shaun Hart, athletic director for Burlington Public Schools

“He was known as one of the best coaches in Massachusetts and expected a lot from his players. I always played hard for him.” – Stephen Rogan

“Coach Caito was a great man! You wanted to run through walls for him.” – Joe Dwinell, executive editor of the Boston Herald

“An icon when you talk about HS coaching greats in Massachusetts.” – Danny Ventura, regional high school sports editor and reporter at the Boston Herald

“Tom Caito was one of those “always tough to play against” MVC coaches! His teams were always well coached, hard working and tough!” – Dan Roche, WBZ-TV anchor host and reporter

“Coach was one of the best. Had the honor of playing for him two seasons before he moved to Merrimack College.” – Mark Wholey

“Coach had such an incredible impact on me. I wouldn’t be the man or coach that I am without his influence. I’m forever grateful.” – Willie Edwards, Brown University assistant head coach

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