Ben Shuffain is Carver High’s new football coach

CARVER — Ben Shuffain has always kept an eye out for openings to become the head coach of a high school football team, and Carver will be where he gets his first chance.

Shuffain, 42, is also the head coach of the Canton High baseball team and a math teacher at Southeastern Regional in Easton. He succeeds former coach Doug Borsari, who spent four years at Carver, which is coming off a 4-7 season last fall.

” I am delighted. I don’t think it’s struck me yet how it actually happens. I didn’t sleep that night like a kid on Christmas Eve,” Shuffain recalled after hearing the news earlier this week. “I wanted to start, like watch a movie, meet the team and meet the coaches who come back. All in one.”

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Shuffain began his coaching career as an assistant at Sharon High, his alma mater, from 2002 to 2005 before serving in the military from 2006 to 2014. He joined the coaching staff of Oliver Ames in as offensive coordinator in 2019, then coached outside linebackers at Stonehill College in 2021.

Ben Shuffain is the new football coach at Carver High.

While coaching at Stonehill, he played linebacker for the Southern New England Admirals of the ECFL (East Coast Football League), a semi-professional league, at the age of 41.

“It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do at my age, but I wanted to play a few more games,” he said with a laugh. “I definitely can’t get enough (of the game).”

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After his first season at the semi-professional level at 38, Shuffain has set a goal of playing one more year past the age of 40. He played four games last season and now, in hindsight, the experience has given him another perspective to consider when instructed on the sidelines.

“I could see both aspects of training and playing when I was doing both at the same time,” Shuffain said. “I think that really helped a lot, knowing what they’re going through on the pitch, rather than just being on the sidelines all the time and forgetting what it’s like when you’re in there.

Although he looks forward to diving deeper into the ins and outs of the roster as the offseason progresses, one aspect of Carver has always stood out from afar as a Sharon High alum and resident of Mansfield.

“I always knew Carver was a tough town. It’s a tough, blue-collar city. They’ve always been really good at wrestling and usually when towns are really good at wrestling it’s because they have tough kids coming up. That’s always been my thought for Carver,” Shuffain said. “I expect that tough, snacking blue-collar mentality to be part of the football team.”

Shuffain, a former starting quarterback with three years in high school, says he already took a look at the Crusaders’ highlights reel from a season ago and can’t wait to call the offensive plays . He has a variety of formations that he wants to install with the dynamic talent of Carver in mind.

“As a coach, I have always emphasized three things: responsibility, effort and competition. I emphasize that in every practice and every game – whether it’s baseball, football or the weight room,” Shuffain said.

He elaborated: “Be accountable to yourself, your teammates, your city and your community. Putting effort into everything you do because if you put effort into life, you will succeed one way or another. And then competition, whether it’s in practices, matches, or the weight room with the guy next to you, you should always be competing against something, even if it’s yourself, to improve yourself.

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