Bernard E. Megin
1941 - 1962
More than any other person, team, or program, Bernie Megin put Concord High School sports on the map. He was a great football coach who always got the most out of his players. He knew what it took to win and he taught it to his players.
If you're not sure he was the best, look at his record: 127 wins (75%), 36 losses, and 6 ties over two decades. Then there's the legendary streak. 59 games without a loss (one tie) between 1946 and the 20-7 loss to Hudson in 1952. Such consistent success over time reflects outstanding coaching, and that's what Bernie brought to Concord football.
His greatest strengths as a coach were his understanding of the fundamentals of the game and his ability to teach them to his players. To Bernie football was a simple game of blocking and tackling and the high school team which did it better would usually win. His coaching style was not emotional, although he wanted to win more than anyone on the field. He knew he could get more commitment and performance from his players through reason and encouragement than from yelling and screaming. His players loved and respected him for it.
Bernie played his high school football at CHS as a Junior and Senior and as a post-graduate student at Bridgeton Academy in Maine. He then went on to Notre Dame where he learned how the game was played as a backup quarterback. He took over as head coach of the Concord football team in 1941. Two years later he left to join the U.S. Navy as an officer in World War II, returning to coach in Concord again in 1946. That was the year the 59 game unbeaten streak began.
Before he died in 1964 Bernie was named Man of the Year by the Greater Boston Notre Dame Club, and was made a member of the Massachusetts High School Coaches Hall of Fame. He left his wife Mary, three sons, Bernie Jr., who quarterbacked for his father in the late fifties, George, and William, and four daughters, Mary Ann, Susan, Maureen, and Virginia. Thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren have joined the Megin family subsequently.