Coaches named for football, soccer
Jesse Pimental stands 5-feet-11 and weighs about 220 pounds, which was his playing weight as a member of the Salve Regina football team from 1997-2000.
He began as a linebacker, but the coaching staff quickly found he was better suited to be a defensive tackle.
“I just have the mentality that even if you’re 300 pounds, you’re not going to stop me,” Pimental said.
It’s that kind of drive and attitude that Pimental hopes to instill in the Woodstock Academy football program this fall. The Academy announced on Thursday that Pimental was hired as the successor to Gary Brine, who stepped aside this past winter.
Woodstock athletic director Chris Coderre also announced that former Centaur standout Jared Morse will take over the boys soccer program, and former Tourtellotte High boys soccer coach Dennis Snelling is the new girls soccer coach.
Pimental has bounced around since his graduation from the Newport, R.I., college. He has spent the last few years as an assistant coach at high schools in Epping, N.H.; Winchendon, Mass.; Portsmouth, R.I.; and last year, at Killingly High School, where he coached the running backs and linebackers for Chad Neal.
“He’s passionate about football and he has a good background,” Neal said. “I think he will be a good fit up there and we’re going to miss him down here. It’s good for him and you always want guys on your staff who want to reach that next level.”
Pimental also has coached linebackers for one year at Salve. He’s also played semi-pro football, but now he’s settling down with three children and a position as a special education teacher at Brooklyn Middle School.
“This is a dream come true, taking over a program at one of the best schools in the Northeast and I can’t wait to get started,” Pimental said.
In the first six years of the program, the Centaurs have a 12-48 record.
“I’m still trying to figure out what I have,” Pimental said. “I want to build on the solid foundation left by Coach (Jemal) Davis and Coach Brine. I want to lead by example and coach with enthusiasm.”
One thing that he will have in his favor is the lure of a new field. The turf at the Bentley Athletic Complex will be ready for the Centaurs to play on this fall.
Snelling made the decision to leave Tourtellotte when the opportunity presented itself at Woodstock.