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

Dan Dunaj

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 will remain a physical education teacher.

From the Rep-Am:

“This is the second time around. The first time I was living and coaching in Seymour, but now I drive 45 minutes each way. (The commute is) more of a burden, and after 17 years of coaching, taking a break would probably be OK. … “I don’t think I am done altogether, but right now everything is put on hold.”

Also revealed in the story is an ongoing investigation of a hazing incident involving four football players in September. School Superintendent Cheryl F. Kloczko didn’t give Jaff much information on that other than to confirm that two, unnamed outside investigators were looking into the incident.


So now we’re at — what? — 14 head coaching vacancies in Connecticut?

There’s been little movement elsewhere. But rumors are rampant about several jobs, including Naugatuck (which Jaffee says will interview four candidates this week).

According to our sources, candidates for this job include Woodland associated head coach Tim Phipps, former Pomperaug and Holy Cross offensive coordinator Steve Croce (who’s now at Post University) and Bunnell coach Craig Bruno.

New Milford apparently has its sights on luring former Masuk coach John Murphy up to Litchfield County.

Masuk‘s vacancy remains a total mystery at the moment, though we understand former defensive coordinator Chris Guelli is one applicant.

Central‘s vacancy hasn’t been officially posted. Assistant Brian Gordon, who would likely be a frontrunner for the job, is running the program’s offseason weight training.

“We’re expecting to post it very shortly and we’ve heard that there is a lot of interest in the job,” citywide athletic director Neil Kavey said.

Trinity Catholic is interviewing candidates for its vacancy next week. Assistant Donny Panapada, a Trinity Graduate who coached former Greenwich standout and Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman John Sullivan, is likely the top candidate for that gig.

Nothing to report on Ludlowe and Stamford, yet.

When we know more, you’ll know…

Sean Patrick Bowley