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 season. Zito went 46-46-1 and took the team to a state championship game during his tenure. Maloney was 3-7 last year.
Counting John Murphy’s impending hire at New Milford, there are now 18 high school football coaching vacancies to be filled.
According to a report by Bryant Carpenter in today’s Record-Journal, Maloney is now even closer to appointing its next football coach.
The Meriden Board of Education is meeting tonight in a special session to discuss personnel matters, including the “unanimous” recommendation of a football coach.
Carpenter’s sources say the recommendation before the board is most likely Pierce Brennan, an assistant at Trinity Pawling in New York. No one would confirm it to him officially.
“All is can say is I received a recommendation for a candidate,” Superintendent Mark Benigni told the Record-Journal Monday night. “The (Maloney) committee made a unanimous recommendation and the Central Office team has had an opportunity to meet the candidate and will be forwarding a name to the Board of Education tomorrow night (Tuesday). The hope is the board will approve the appointment tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Brennan, a Long Island native, has ties to Connecticut. He once coached at the University of New Haven. His wife, Danielle, is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Quinnipiac.
Other candidates are Weaver coach Kevin Quinn and Middletown assistant Kevin Frederick, who are both teachers in the Meriden school district.