Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Oxford-NVL presentation and/or vote postponed to next week

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Oxford-to-NVL fanatics who are waiting anxiously to bring the Wolverines into their apparently rightful place alongside the other All-American Valley schools will have to wait at least another week. Both Woodland athletic director Brian Fell and Oxford athletic director/football coach Joe Stochmal confirmed Wednesday that the meeting of NVL and Oxford representatives, which was supposed […] [Read More]

It’s official: Murphy takes over as New Milford football coach

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As expected, New Milford’s Board of Education approved John Murphy as its football coachWednesday night. Murphy, 45, who coached 16 years and won three state championships at Mausk before resigning in December, will begin his new job Thursday morning. He was also hired as the school’s girls lacrosse coach and as a paraeducator at Schaghticoke […] [Read More]

Connecticut High School signing day commitments

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National Signing Day is Feburary 6, just seven short days away. Here’s a quick look at who from Connecticut’s high school and prep schools are heading where. We’re constantly adding to this update list, so if you have an announcement for us either post below or email me at sbowley@ctpost.com Here we go… High Schools […] [Read More]
Categories: Recruiting

And now, a Masuk football update: Two candidates down, two remain

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With John Murphy expected to be sworn in by a congregation of New Milford converts Wednesday night,  talk has naturally shifted back to his former place of employment: Masuk. OK, let’s be honest, it’s never really shifted away from Masuk. We just took a slight detour when it was confirmed Murphy was on his way […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC

Maloney hires Trinity-Pawling’s Pierce Brennan as next coach (updated)

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Update: 8:20 p.m. Meriden’s Board of Education has approved Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) assistant Pierce Brennan as Maloney’s next football coach, the Record-Journal of Meriden reported Tuesday night. He is the seventh coach in the history of the school, according to the Record-Journal. Brennan takes over for nine-year coach Bob Zito, whose contract wasn’t renewed following last […] [Read More]

John Murphy expected to become next coach at New Milford

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*** He’ll have a much longer ride to work, but it looks like three-time state championship winning coach John Murphy won’t be straying very far. Murphy, who resigned at Masuk last month after 15 years, is expected be named the next head coach at New Milford. It’s not official yet. Murphy’s hire is pending board […] [Read More]

Law grad, WestConn assistant Erik Larka named coach at Bacon Academy

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Bacon Academy filled its football vacancy Friday with Erik Larka, a West Haven resident and Law graduate, the Norwich Bulletin reported. The 35-year old UConn graduate coached freshman for four years at Law until he was married and had children. Last year, he returned to coaching as a volunteer assistant at Western Connecticut State under […] [Read More]
Categories: ECC

Goodbye Rentschler? CIAC exploring venue change for state championships (again)

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Too few fans. Too much overhead. A big shortfall. That’s what the CIAC says is the problem with The Rent. After just three years, the CIAC is thinking about abandoning East Hartford’s Rentschler Field as a football championship venue Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin reported today. CIAC associate director Paul Hoey apparently dropped this […] [Read More]

UConn nabs Windsor’s Ormsby from UMass

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Cole Ormsby is staying home after all. Very close to home. The monster Windsor defensive end switched his verbal commitment from UMass to UConn, The Hartford Courant reported Thursday. “My family and I talked it over,” he told The Courant Thursday night. “It’s close to home. It just felt right.” Ormsby, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound end, […] [Read More]

Maloney-Meriden close to naming new coach

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Maloney is close to naming its next head coach, according to a story in the Record-Journal. The story, written by Bryant Carpenter, says Kevin Frederick, Kevin Quinn and Pierce Brennan are at least three of the leading candidates. Both Frederick and Quinn are teachers in the Meriden school system. Frederick is an assistant at Middletown. […] [Read More]

Masuk to begin football interviews this week

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Masuk will begin interviewing its candidates to replace recently departed John Murphy as football coach, two sources confirmed this week. Sources have said the candidates are Ridgefield assistant coach Dave Brennan, who works at Masuk as a special education teacher; Darien defensive coordinator and former Ludlowe/Fairfield High coach Mike Forget; Monroe Lions coach Steve Christy, […] [Read More]

Connecticut football coaching vacancies reach 20: Lewis Mills

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We have indeed hit the magical 20 mark in Connecticut high school football coaching vacancies. Lewis Mills has posted an opening for a varsity coach, meaning Greg Todd’s two-year tenure is over. We don’t have all the details on this one yet. All we know is the Region 10 athletics website lists a head coach […] [Read More]
Categories: Litchfield County

Connecticut coaching carousel 2013: Here’s where we stand in mid-January [Updated]

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*** It’s been a crazy, topsy-turvy offseason for high school football programs and coaches. And we’re barely halfway through January. Big names, small names, big programs, little programs… no one, it seems, is immune from the bug that has plagued our regional coaches’ psyches. The reasons have varied: Many “want to spend more time with […] [Read More]

Bunnell’s Craig Bruno named Naugatuck football coach

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*** Craig Bruno, the only football coach to ever win playoff games and state championships at Bunnell High School, will be named next head coach at Naugatuck High School. Bruno, 44, played at Bunnell in the 1980s and was elevated to head coach in 2001 to replace his mentor, Bob Mastroni. He leaves as its […] [Read More]

Three weeks to National Signing Day: Who’s going where?

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National Signing Day is Feburary 6. Here’s a quick look at who from Connecticut is heading where. High Schools Updated: 1/27, 10:53 p.m. Tim Boyle, QB, Xavier — Boston College Matt Walsh, LB, Hand — UConn Andrew Isaacs, TE, Manchester — Maryland Liam O’Neil, QB, Greenwich — Tufts Peter Gesualdi, RB/DB, Darien — Hobart (lacrosse […] [Read More]
Categories: Recruiting

Coaching carousel update: Mascolo resigns at Abbott Tech

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Chris Mascolo has resigned as head football coach at Abbott Tech, athletic director Jon Nadeau announced Tuesday evening. Mascolo started the program in 2009. Beginning in 2010, coached the team to a 9-20 record in three varsity seasons. But it only took three years for the Wolverines to earn their first winning season. They were […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel update: Naugatuck narrows, Masuk an enigma

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The Naugatuck football opening saw some activity this morning when Kyle Brennan of the Republican-American reported on Twitter that Woodland offensive coordinator Tim Phipps had been offered the job. Brennan had to walk back the statement slightly and quickly followed up by saying it was a “distinct possibility” Phipps was one of two possible interviews […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel update: Panapada elevated to head coach at Trinity Catholic

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No shock here, Trinity Catholic announced it has elevated assistant Donny Panapada to head coach of its football team. Panapada is the third consecutive Trinity Catholic alumnus to become head coach. He takes over for Peter Stokes, who stepped down after taking the Crusaders to their first state postseason since 1993. Panapada played under Rich […] [Read More]

Walter Camp announces Newsome Player of the Year, All-Connecticut team

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♦♦♦ The Walter Camp Football Foundation named Ansonia back Arkeel Newsome its player of the year and announced its 2012 All-Connecticut Team at the annual ‘Breakfast of Champions’ this morning at Anthony’s Ocean View. Newsome, who ran for 2,245 and 38 touchdowns to lead the Chargers to a second consecutive 14-0 season and state championship, […] [Read More]

Live broadcast: Walter Camp’s ‘Breakfast of Champions,’ 9 a.m.

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♦♦♦ Ever want to know what it’s like to be wined and dined as a state championship football team by the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation? Well, unless you’re Hand, this is the next, best thing. Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant in New Haven, the four Connecticut state champions will come […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

Newsome raking up college interest, named MaxPreps’ junior All-American

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Remember when we were all spun into a tizzy when we heard Marcus Outlow’s Division I college interest/offers last month? Ansonia’s 5-8 back Arkeel Newsome has quite the collection himself. According to a late-December report in ESPN Boston, which spoke with both Ansonia coach Tom Brockett and his two-time all-state tailback, Newsome has racked up […] [Read More]

Coaching Hot Stove Update: Interviews upcoming at Ludlowe, Masuk; Ongoing at Naugatuck

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Quick coaching carousel update: It’s not enough for schools to just offer a high school football coaching job, nowadays. Schools must also offer a teaching job or some other gig in the building to make the job even remotely worth considering for a candidate. Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz has faced this problem while looking for […] [Read More]

NHR: Tracy resigns at Branford

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And then there were 15. The high school football coaching hot stove hasn’t finished flaring up just yet. Mike Tracy has resigned at Branford after four seasons, according to a report by Mike Pucci of New Haven Register. Tracy’s decision to resign is a familiar one: #Branford coach Mike Tracy stepped down on Friday #cthsfb […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

The 2012 ‘Super 33′ Hearst Connecticut All-Star Football team

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The votes have been voted, the tallies tallied, and with some minor shuffling around of the positions to make sure the candidates get a spot, we present to you the 2012 ‘Super 33′ Hearst Connecticut All-Star Football team, which was unveiled January 1. We broke it down by 16 players per side, with the addition […] [Read More]

Rep-Am: Dunaj resigns from Torrington (and other, minor coaching carousel news)

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Dan Dunaj has resigned as coach of Torrington after five seasons, the Republican-American reported today. Dunaj, the former Seymour defensive coordinator who brought the Raiders to respectability in the NVL by 30-21, told Mark Jaffee he resigned for family reasons, namely the impending birth of his second child. He already has a 9-year old. He […] [Read More]
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