Meehan All-Stars

The Meehan All-Stars is a developmental youth football team consisting of students currently enrolled in 7th or 8th grades across the tri-state area.

The program is named in honor of Thomas Meehan, an advocate of improving the character of students through athletics and providing opportunities for those that may not have them. He was a long-time youth football coach and he coached the 9th grade football team at Episcopal for many years. Tom was a recruiter for the school in the 1980s and early 1990s, attracting many strong student-athletes to Episcopal. Many of these students were huge contributors to the school both academically and athletically. His son, John Meehan ’86 and former football captain, has been a strong supporter of the school and helped create the Thomas J. Meehan Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports Upper School students with demonstrated academic and athletic promise.

You are invited to try out for the 9th year of the Meehan All-Star program. We are excited to offer great opportunities to work with our staff on campus this fall. Our developmental program is a fantastic opportunity to prepare for high school football and play with some of the best players in the area. Our program culminates with a trip. In the past few years, we have visited the campus and football facilities of Duke, Virginia, SMU, TCU, and Georgia Tech while taking in an ACC championship game and a Big Ten game.

We have two try-out dates this year. Players need to attend one or both to be considered for the team.
  • October 14
  • October 28

Registration is at 8:45 a.m. Try-outs begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m.

Try-outs are open to any 7th or 8th grade student, are highly competitive, and involve minimal contact. Players must wear FULL PADS. There is no charge for try-outs or for participation with the team.

Episcopal Academy Admissions will hold its annual Middle and Upper School Open House at 1 p.m. shortly after try-outs on October 28. Lunch will be served to any participants who plan to stay for Open House.

In reference to eligibility with the PIAA: From PIAA 2014-2015 Constitution and By laws Article XVI Season And Out-of-Season Rules And Regulations Section 2, letter C, number 5: “Nothing in this Section shall prevent any student from participating, up through the completion of 8th grade, on community based non-school affiliated youth fall football programs through December 31st of the same calendar year.” Read more here.

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The Meehan All-Stars will provide opportunities and exposure while competing at the highest level. Our goals are to instill discipline, teach teamwork, sportsmanship and integrity. The Meehan All-Stars expect their players to respect the game, work hard and to play the game the right way. Meehan All-Stars offer all participants a positive environment in which to learn and develop the skills associated with the game of football.

Elite level coaching
Skill enhancement
Preparation for next-level exposure
Introduce players to the college recruitment process

Mr. Thomas Meehan was an advocate for all kids, but especially those kids that were struggling with growing up.

Kids need people they can talk to. They need a safe place they can go to away from the stress and pace of the school day. Mr. Meehan provided this place for kids, athletes and non-athletes. He would talk to kids for hours and really listen. Mr. Meehan’s store was a place where kids would go and talk their troubles away. He was so loved because he gave so much of himself and the kids in return would give so much of themselves to Mr. Meehan.

Kids need teachers, advisors, and coaches to connect with, but they also need the Mr. Meehans of the world to connect with, as well. Episcopal was fortunate to have Mr. Meehan for so many years.

Todd Fairlie - Head Coach

Graduate of Widener University and four-time NCAA All-American—twice in football and twice in lacrosse. As Head Coach for Episcopal's varsity football team, Todd led the team to the Inter-Ac Championship in 2012. Before Episcopal, he was a member of the football coaching staff at Widener University and a member of the lacrosse coaching staff at Widener, the University of Santa Clara, and Ursinus College. Todd played professional lacrosse for two years and is a youth camp director for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nate Higgins
Played at Widener University, current defensive line coach at Episcopal Academy

Zach Richards
Former All- Delco player, played at Bucknell University. Former coach at Widener University. Current secondary coach at The Episcopal Academy.

Tom Richards
Current running backs coach at The Episcopal Academy

C.J Yespelkis
Academic All-American as a player at Ursinus College, current tight ends coach at The Episcopal Academy

Rob Carter
Current WR coach at Episcopal. Played WR at Villanova University.

John Ward
Current QB coach at Episcopal. Played QB at Delaware Valley College.

Ryan Klein
Episcopal alumni and current DB coach. Played DB at Catholic University.