Coaching hot stove is a blazin: Hocter resignation makes 13 (updated)

Stamford coach Bryan Hocter celebrates with his team following a 2011 victory over New Canaan.

Back to business…

With doubt rising from his administration and maybe himself throughout a 2-8 season, Bryan Hocter resigned at Stamford Tuesday just a half hour before athletic director Jim Moriarty was scheduled to meet with two assistant principals.

The Black Knights went 7-2 in 2011, but finished this season by losing eight consecutive games after a 2-0 start.

Though Hocter didn’t think he was going to be fired at the meeting, it’s evident even he had begun to question his role in the program after 14 years, 11 as an assistant and three as head coach.

“They brought up some concerns they had. Halfway through the season I thought it was time to explore other options,” said Hocter, who works in family services at Stamford Courthouse. “I thought long and hard about it. It took a couple of weeks to come to a decision, going backward and forward with it. I just felt I had done all I could do for this program.

“Last year we were 7-2, we were getting new uniforms and I thought we were going to have a bunch of kids who were going to want to play football. The numbers we had were disappointing. If you can’t attract kids coming off that kind of a season, maybe you never will.”

Moriarty, who complained there hasn’t been ‘consistency’ in the program for at least 40 years, said he was hoping to get a younger coach to fill the vacancy. “A mover and shaker,” he said, “to take the program back to past glories.”

Hocter’s resignation is the second in Stamford after Trinity Catholic’s Peter Stokes resigned last week, and it’s the sixth local resignation this offseason, following John Murphy (Masuk), Dave Cadelina (Central), Chuck Lynch (New Milford) and Matt McCloskey (Ludlowe).

There are now 12 13 vacancies statewide (Rockville recently announced it has a vacancy):

  • Masuk
  • Central
  • Ludlowe
  • Stamford
  • Trinity Catholic
  • New Milford
  • Naugatuck
  • Maloney
  • Bacon Academy
  • St. Bernard/Norwich Tech
  • Fitch
  • Avon
  • Rockville
Sean Patrick Bowley