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Naugatuck’s Rob Plasky resigns amid investigation

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Rob Plasky, the longest-tenured football coach in the NVL, has resigned as Naugatuck football coach amid allegations that he violated CIAC rules by  providing money to the foster mother of All-American wide receiver David Coggins, the Naugatuck Patch has reported this morning.

Plasky submitted his resignation this morning to Naugatuck principal Jan Saam.

Here is Saam’s statement as provided to Naugatuck Patch.

“During his tenure, (Plasky) showed passion for the game and commitment to the students and program by working closely with administration and the athletic director. He was well liked by the players and his actions were always with the best intentions of the athletes in mind.

“It is a regrettable situation and I wish only the best for Coach Plasky. I am grateful for the many years he brought his expertise to the high school to build up the football program. Many students benefited from his instruction, leadership and caring both on and off the field over the course of the years.

“There is an on-going investigation into the events leading up to his resignation surrounding possible CIAC rule violations, so I am not at liberty to comment on the specifics of his resignation.”

Assistant coach Shawn Kuczenski is the interim coach.

A Naugatuck alumni, the 46-year old Plasky took over in 2001 and won two NVL titles over 11 seasons. He is alleged to have provided $2,000 to Meme Martin, the guardian of Coggins and mother of former Sacred Heart QB Javon Martin, for undetermined reasons, Naugatuck Patch reported late Thursday.

According to several reports in the Republican-American, the two players had withdrawn from from Sacred Heart-Waterbury and were attempting to enroll at Naugatuck. Meme Martin complained publicly to the paper she was having trouble finding residence in the town and owed money to Sacred Heart, which was withholding the players’ school transcripts.

The CIAC issued this statement.

“he CIAC has been notified by Naugatuck High School of a potential recruiting violation. The school will be submitting a report to the CIAC Board of Control. When the report is received it will be reviewed and acted upon. Prior to the report being received it would be inappropriate to comment on what action could be taken.”

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The CIAC will undoubtedly investigate the matter once they receive Naugatuck’s report. Naugatuck could be facing serious penalties, including a hefty fine, probation and/or suspension of activities.

As for Coggins and Martin, if they end up at a Waterbury public school they will be forced to sit half a season due to CIAC transfer rules. There’s a slight chance they could sit for an entire season if it determined they were transferring for athletic reasons. That’s tough to prove, and anecdotal evidence already points to hardship.

There is also a sudden question of Coggins’ NCAA eligibility. If an investigation finds that it is true Meme Martin received money from Plasky, then Coggins might be forced to sit a few games (a la Ryan Boatright) when he reaches Boston College next year.

Sean Patrick Bowley

11 Responses

  1. Duece Begonia says:

    SPB this is indeed a major mess. Where can these two kids go now. Wilby? Crosby? I get a kick out of how everyone wants to talk about Ansonia’s misdeeds (on other blogs etc) and not the real topic, which is the group of jokers who allow this league to be version of the wild west.

  2. QB Mom says:

    When will these people learn??? You cheat the system you run the risk of getting caught and destroying all you worked for! He should have known better!!!

  3. Jay says:

    Death penalty? no…

    Cut scholarships to zero…

    No bowl games for 5 years…

    No TV for 3 years….

    No blogging for 1

  4. Rob says:

    It sounds like such a cliche but its true: the losers here are the kids.

    If Coggins has to miss any games at all because of this, that is a real shame. I hope Dave Coggins and Javon Martin enroll and play at a Waterbury public school and have a great year.

    As for Naugatuck, this was once a big time programs in this state. As an NVL supportter, I sincerely hope they make a good hire and get back to that level.

  5. JB says:

    The villain in this case? It may be Sacred Heart. Why? It appears they held these kids’ transcripts hostage until the mother paid some $2,000 past due amount. Come one, why not release the transcripts? She has no money for the arrearage or next year’s tuition for that matter. She claims to have lost her job. If so, Sacred Heart … what are you doing? Educators? Christians? Ugly behavior if it is true.

    CIAC – please also investigate Sacred Heart.

  6. SCC says:

    you really dropped the ball on the 5 pressing questions

  7. Mike Schirmer says:

    Who gives a **** if this guy dished out 2 grand so some kids could go to school and and play sports? Say that out loud to yourselves and you’ll realize how ridiculous it sounds! Worry about the real issues in the world!!!

  8. Jay says:

    Better to fly them in from out of state – remember Turner Baty???

  9. perspective says:

    @ SCC spb has been doing a bang up job on his blog for years if it wasn’t for him and the nvl blog I don’t know whatd I’d do being a ct hs football fan be easy on him

  10. NaugyDoggy says:

    The real culprit here is chris ortiz. The old sacred heart coach. Wait for news regarding his involvement in the situation. Coach plasky was played by him and his sister (martin and coggins legal guardian). Ortiz was behind the whole plan to begin this. Can we blame plasky for giving money. Yes, he knows it was a big mistake. Thats why he had the guts to turn HIMSELF in. Ortiz and his sister gave coach plasky many sob stories filled with tears (i am not going into detail but it is everything you can imagine.) we cant blame coach plasky for wanting to improve his team.

    The ciac also needs to change their rules on transfers as well as age restrictions. Coggins is 19 yrs old. He and newsome are two grades above their actual age. I could see one year, but two years is an outrage. Mark ingram won the heisman trophy for his season he had when he was 19 yrs old. Under current rule, he could have been playing at a high school. Sounds idiotic when you put it into those simple terms.

    Leave coach plasky alone and lets call a spade a spade. Chris ortiz and gis sister put plasky in a tough spot.

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