Walter R. Carew
1947 - 1972
A brilliant athlete, who, like fellow concord coach, John O'Connell, grew up in Medford, Carew was the baby of fifteen Irish American children. Carew was an All-Scholastic quarterback at Medford high, a terrific shortstop in baseball, and a sharp-shooting basketball guard. He and O'Connell were high school teammates and members of St. Joseph's 1940 State Champion CYO baseball team.
After high school, Carew excelled in three sports at St. Bonaventure University, where he was voted, "The laeal Bonaventure Man" prior to his graduation in 1940. Were it not for World War Il Carew probably would have played professional baseball. The Brooklyn Dodgers were just one of the major league teams interested in him.
During the war, Carew was an army infantry captain who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Twice wounded, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Two of his brothers, John and Larry, were U.S. Army Generals, making the Carews one of the most famous military families in Medford.
Carew coached baseball at Concord/Concord-Carlisle from 1947 until the late 1960's. His 1953 team made it all the way to the state finals at Fenway Park. He coached numerous teams that were both contenders for the Middlesex league title and successful in the Class A tourney.
Along with O'Connell, Carew was an assistant football coach at Concord High from 1947 until 1962. The staff if Bernie Megin, Carew, and O'Connell was the brain trust behind Concord High's fabulous 59-game streak without a loss. That staff was widely recognized as one of the finest ever assembled in the state.
Carew was head football coach at Concord-Carlisle from 1962-1972 and his teams compiled a 46-40-4 record competing in the rugged Middlesex League. Carew was a tremendous motivator and intensely competitive. His teams were always well drilled.
Carew, who taught English and has a Master's Degree from Boston College, is a man of tremendous moral caliber, religious conviction, and character. He is enshrined in the Medford High, St. Bonaventure University, and the state Baseball and Football Coaches Halls of Fame.