UPDATED, Friday, 1 a.m.
Chuck Drury has ended his outstanding, championship career at Pomperaug. Athletic director Joe Velardi first confirmed the to the News-Times of Danbury Thursday afternoon, then Drury himself later in the day.
Drury, 62, said he is indeed stepping down to join his son Mike’s football staff at Southington High School.
He has been at Pomperaug since 1974, mostly as the head coach. His teams reached the state playoffs six times, the finals twice and won the Class MM state championship in 2004. Pomperaug also won three SWC championships in three appearances under Drury’s watch. Drury, a Bristol resident, retired as a full-time teacher last year.
From my perspective, Chuck Drury is one of the most respected coaches in Connecticut high school sports — not just football. A class act, through and through. His 2004 Class MM state championship team, led by Mike Kielt, went 13-0 and crushed heavy favorite Branford 30- 7 to help validate his program and the rest of SWC beyond Masuk.
We’ll miss him down here in Southwestern Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Mike Drury, 28, was named head coach at Southington on Wednesday. He was introduced in a press conference Thursday afternoon.