It had been a relatively few quiet weeks since David Brennan was hired as the next coach at Masuk. Then came the snowstorm, basketball tournaments, and somewhere along the line Brian Gordon was hired a Central and Avon hired , kicking the offseason coaching moves back into gear.
Late last week, Kyle Brennan of the Rep-Am (et. al.) reported that Jim Caouette, a former assistant coach at Wolcott, Cheshire and Wilby had been named the next head coach at Avon. This was confirmed by Gerry DeSimas of the Collinsville Press.
So, unless there’s something we’ve missed, we’re down to 13 coaching vacancies around the state.
The three big ones in the area, Bunnell, Stamford and Ludlowe, are getting close.
BUNNELL has come down to five candidates who will interview this week.
Bunnell’s candidates are: Law assistant T.J. Cavaliere, who previously coached with Duane Shirden at Stratford; Newtown defensive coordinator Doug Cotto; Foran assistant and former Notre Dame-Fairfield coach Jason Hart; Bunnell assistant and former quarterback Sean Murray (he led the program to its first state playoff appearance in 2004); and former Westhill coach and Stratford resident Dick Cerone.
STAMFORD will interview its finalists Tuesday and Thursday, according to our own Dave Ruden of The Advocate. There were seven candidates total.
Not all the names have been confirmed there, however. Among the several we’ve heard is Staples freshman coach Jon Boone, a former Florida high school football coach and administrator. He works at Stamford High and figures to be a prime candidate. Also, current Stamford assistant Riis Lane is in the mix. Westhill assistant Jamar Greene will also interview. Darien assistant and former McMahon star Idris Price has pulled out of the race.
Apparently, LUDLOWE still has teaching job details to work out before it names a coach. Sources have said Platt Tech coach Vincent Camera is at the front of the line at the moment.
St. Joseph defensive coordinator Chris Sadler and Staples backs and receivers coach Mac DeVito were two potential candidates, but the lack of a teaching position eliminated them a few weeks back.
Here’s a rundown of the vacancies filled and unfilled:
NO VACANCY (11)
- Avon — Jim Caouette
- Central — Brian Gordon
- Cheshire — Don Drust
- East Lyme — Rudy Bagos
- Naugatuck — Craig Bruno
- Bacon Academy — Erik Larka
- Lewis Mills — Jose Santana
- Maloney — Pierce Brennan
- New Milford — John Murphy
- Masuk — David Brennan
- Trinity Catholic — Donny Panapada
- Abbott Tech — No news.
- Branford — We’ve heard through the grapevine former coach Gary Gravina has no interest in returning. Other than that, nothing.
- Bunnell — See above.
- East Haven — Considering it was over a month after Greg Volpe resigned before anything was reported or posted, we have to assume things are going well.
- Ellington/Somers — No clue.
- Fitch — No clue.
- Ludlowe — See above.
- Rockville — No idea.
- St. Bernard/Norwich Tech — No idea.
- Stamford — See above.
- Torrington — No idea.
- Woodstock Academy — No idea.
- Wilby — No idea.
- Old Saybrook —