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Mark Nutley quits as Hingham High head football coach

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The Hingham High football team had their toughest game of the season against Chelmsford in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 playoffs.

But Harbormen head coach at the time, Mark Nutley, wasn’t prowling the sidelines with a helmet. He was watching from a hospital chair, helping his wife, Becky, who has been battling cancer since 2014.

That’s when he knew he had to retire from training.

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“That morning, I’ll never forget, she called me around 10 a.m. and she was like, ‘I’m not feeling well. We have to go to the hospital,'” Nutley said. “We’re sitting in the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and I’m watching the playoff game and I’m like, ‘I can’t keep doing this.'”

Becky Nutley hugs her son Sean, 10, while standing next to her husband, Hingham High football coach Mark Nutley.  The family are pictured at a ceremony recognizing Becky, who has multiple myeloma, before the Thanksgiving game at Hingham High School on Thursday November 25, 2021.

Hingham ended up losing that game, 30-19. Nutley announced his departure to his team a few weeks later.

“It killed me that the team got together with them on Monday” after the end of the season, Nutley said after informing his team of his departure.

Nutley had been the Harbormen’s head coach since 2019, going 22-16 in his four seasons. He coached at North Quincy from 2013 to 2017, then served as Hingham’s defensive coordinator in 2018 before being promoted the following season when Jim Connor stepped down.

Hingham head coach Mark Nutley gives a helping hand to Hingham's Gunnar Corey after his punt pinned Weymouth on the one-yard line late in the fourth quarter of their game against Weymouth at Hingham High on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Hingham finished 8-3 in 2019, losing the Division 3 South final to Duxbury under the old playoff format. The Harbormen were 2-3 in Fall Season 2 that moved to Spring 2021, then went 6-5 each of the past two seasons, losing in the first round of the playoffs each time.

During his tenure, Nutley coached several players who went on to play at the next level.

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