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

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 a new football coach.

Ludlowe, Schulz said, hasn’t approved its budget for next year. So he has been unable to offer companion job to go with school’s vacant football gig.  “I’ve had inquiries from a few candidates who didn’t apply because I can’t guarantee a job in the building,” he said.

Nevertheless, Schulz said Ludlowe has whittled an applicant list of 12 down to “three or four” who will be interviewed over the next week or so. He hopes to have someone in place as soon as possible.

Masuk athletic director John DeGennaro said his school will begin paring down an applicant list that was in “double digits” when John Murphy resigned last month. He hopes to begin interviews “over the next two weeks.” No word yet one potential candidates, though we understand former defensive coordinator Chris Guelli is one.

Naugatuck is conducting interviews for its four candidates this week. According to sources and confirmed by other media reports, candidates are: Former Pomperaug and Holy Cross offensive coordinator Steve Croce, Bunnell coach Craig Bruno, Woodland associate coach Tim Phipps, and current interim coach Shawn Kuczenski.

According to the CIAC ‘Coaching Vacancy’ section of its website, Branford‘s football opening will be closed on March 1.

And, finally, we spoke ever so briefly with former Bloomfield/New Britain/New London coach Jack Cochran, whose name has inexorably come up as a potential hire at places like St. Bernard/Norwich Tech and (yes) even Central over the last few weeks.

However, Cochran said “it doesn’t look like” he’ll be taking a job this season, mostly because he’d like to have time to follow his son Casey’s career at UConn.

We shall see.

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Sean Patrick Bowley