Head football coach resigns after 23 years

After 23 years at Colby, Ed Mestieri resigned Friday, Dec. 2 after eight seasons as the head football coach. Before becoming head coach, Mestieri assisted the Mules as an offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Colby, Mestieri sported a 97-86-1 overall record and won 12 Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles outright. In 2005, Mestieri was named the Division II/III Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. After an 0-4 start this season, Colby football stormed to a 3-5 finish.

In an interview with The Morning Sentinel, Mestieri said that he “felt it was time for a change, for me and the football program.” He added, “After so many years, change, I think, is positive.”

Athletic Director Marcella Zalot spoke about losing such an experienced coach: “We certainly lose a lot of experience and football knowledge both overall and within the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference).” In her interview with The Morning Sentinel, Zalot said, “I have the utmost respect for Ed Mestieri. He is a wonderful football coach and a better person. It is a sad day.”

Zalot also said that Colby is “conducting a national search,” encouraging all qualified applicants, “both internal and external” to apply. Zalot acknowledges that Mestieri’s “experience will be hard to replace, but I’m confident we’ll find a strong candidate.” Meanwhile, Jonathan Michaeles—who this past season served as the offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, quarterbacks coach and strength coach—has been named the interim head coach.