Kevin Gildea was abruptly dismissed from his position as head coach of the Belmont High School football team yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 17.
"Coach Gildea will no longer be coaching at Belmont High School," Belmont Athletic Director Jim Davis wrote in an email sent to parents of football players.
Gidea was noticeably absent from Belmont's sideline at last week's game against Woburn High School. At the time, Davis said only that it was a "personnel" matter.
Gidea was in his ninth year as Marauders' head coach, having been an assistant coach at his alma mater Watertown High School before heading to Belmont.
Davis stated that Dean Sacca, who has been with the program for nine years as the offensive coordinator, will be assuming the responsibilities of head coach.
"The coaching staff and school administration are working diligently to ensure the stability of the football program during this period of transition," wrote Davis.
While the letter is tightlipped on the reason for the dismissal, a number of sources stated the dismissal related to personnel issues that came to a head during Belmont's game with Arlington two weeks ago.
Belmont is currently winless this season and will face Reading High School which is ranked 14th in eastern Massachusetts by the Boston Globe.
Gildae, an assistant principal at Waltham's John F. Kennedy Middle School, could not be reached for comment by the story's deadline.