Mark Ecke has been suspended as Cheshire’s football coach pending a review by the school’s board of education, the New Haven Register reported today.
Ecke, who has won four state championships in 17 years at Cheshire (the last in 2009), was suspended due to “an unspecified conduct issue,” according to the story. A hearing into the matter has yet to be scheduled.
Though several school officials declined to describe the reasons for the suspension, multiple sources told the Register that it stems from an incident at a Cheshire junior varsity lacrosse game at Glastonbury last week.
Ecke is a police sergeant in the town’s police department. Captain Jay Markella told the Register his department was “aware of an incident that occurred in Glastonbury,” but declined to say whether an internal investigation was underway.
Contacted by Connecticut Post this morning, Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone denied rumors that Ecke had been fired. He did say there was a “personnel issue” and that Ecke had met with Cheshire superintendent Greg Florio.
Ecke did not return a phone call last night. He has not responded to the Register for comment.
A 1983 graduate of Cheshire, Ecke played for and coached under current UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni and Temple coach Steve Addazio at Western Connecticut State. He later coached under Addazio at Cheshire.
Ecke took over for Addazio as head coach after the 1994 season and coached the Rams to three consecutive state championships and presided over the last two years of the program’s state-record setting 49-game win streak, which ended in 1996.
After beating Trumbull for the 1997 Class LL title, Cheshire went 11 years without a state playoff appearance. Ecke finally won his fourth title in 2009, beating Staples 27-21 in the Class LL title game.
His overall record is 118-64-3.