Report: D.J. Hernandez leaves Southington

Southington coach D.J. Hernandez

D.J. Hernandez, the former Bristol Central and UConn star who became embroiled in nationwide controversy during his rookie season as the head coach of the Southington football team, has resigned, the Knight Time blog reported Tuesday evening.

According to a press release from the school, Hernandez is accepting a job as quarterbacks coach at Brown University:

The Southington Athletic Department is announcing that Dennis “D.J.” Hernandez has resigned as head football coach for Southington High School. He has accepted a position as quarterback coach at Brown University. Coach Hernandez leaves after completing one year as head coach with an 8-2 record. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Southington went 8-2 and fell just short of a Class LL playoff berth in Hernandez’s only season. Earlier in the season, Manchester coach Marco Pizzoferrato accused Hernandez of cheating for using a lost wristband against Manchester during a 28-14 Southington victory on Oct. 22.

Southington suspended Hernandez, who ultimately admitted to using the wristband for four plays. The CIAC later fined Southington $1,000 and placed the football team on probation for the 2011 season.

Sean Patrick Bowley