Former GHS football coach Terry Silva passes away

Staff file photoFormer Gloucester High School football coach Terry Silva, the program's all time wins leader, passed away this weekend.

Gloucester lost one of its most iconic and well known figures over the weekend as former GHS football coach Terry Silva passed away at the age of 70.

Silva was the head football coach at Gloucester High School from 1981-2002 and he coached in the program for 38 years while also serving as team captain in 1966.

Silva turned the Gloucester football program into one of the state's most successful programs in his tenure. He is the program's all time wins leader with 154 victories. He also won three Super Bowl championships in 1991, 1995 and 2000 to go along with three other appearances in the postseason during an era where one had to win its conference championship to advance.

Gloucester had not won a state championship in 35 years before it took home the 1991 championship. Silva took over a struggling program in 1981 and quickly turned it into a perennial contender in the Northeastern Conference. Silva won the NEC seven times in his tenure and had a record of .500 or better against every school he faced in conference action.

He was also well known for his decades of service as an elementary school gym teacher.

As a coach, Silva was known for his uncanny ability to coach the offensive and defensive lines. He was also a great motivator who had a great connection with his players that lasted beyond their time in the program.

For more on Silva's legacy and impact on the community see Tuesday's Gloucester Daily Times.