Al Deaett left an indelible mark on Glen Rock High School in a caring and committed 43 year career. “Coach, Teacher, Mentor, Friend” graces the sign on the football field named in his honor.
Al taught AP History for 43 years at Glen Rock and for four years and was the Glen Rock High School Social Studies Chair from 1992 to 2007.
Young Alan Deaett was a sports star at East Providence (RI) High School where as a senior he captained the football, wrestling and track teams. (Al’s dad played in the NFL and was his athletic inspiration).
He attended Amherst College and focused exclusively on football, wrestling, track and rugby! He set the school rushing record at 169 yards vs. Trinity College in 1960 as a right halfback and was twice named ECAC Player of the Week. His undefeated rugby team was league champion.
Al received a BA (History) from Amherst in 1962, an MA (Social Sciences) from WPU in 1968 and an MA (African Studies) from St. John’s in 1975. He also served in the Marine reserves, achieving a perfect score on the Fitness Test.
Glen Rock met Al in 1962. He was the Head Coach for football for eight years starting in 1965 and again for 13 years beginning in 1995 (the Golden Age of Panther Football). He also served as Head Coach for Track, Tennis and Wrestling for a combined total of 42 years of holding the reins.
As a coach, Al knew how to inspire and he knew how to win. His tennis teams were State Sectional Champs three times and BPSL Champs 10 times. On the gridiron the Panthers were State Sectional Champs six times, BPSL Champs nine times and The Record Team of the Year six times.
Al lives on Harding Road in Glen Rock and is working for AFLAC. His son Billy and daughter Kathy have given him four grandchildren.