In a recent trend of hiring younger and younger head football coaches, Fitch just trumped everyone.
The Day of New London reported this week that the school hired 26-year old alumnus Jordan Panucci, making him the youngest of the new hires this offseason.
Panucci, a history teacher and Groton Parks and Rec employee, has spent five years in the program, according to The Day. He worked primarily as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, but helped coach the defense.
Panucci was an offensive guard and captain at Fitch and played for both Mike Emery, who retired this offseason, and Ledyard’s Jim Buonocore when he previously coached the Falcons.
“I was surprised,” Panucci told the Norwich Bulletin. “I run the offseason stuff and I’m with the kids every day. I have time management down, and I know what it’s going to take.”
At 26, Panucci is easily the youngest hire of the offseason, beating Maloney hire Pierce Brennan’s 28 years on this pebble. Branford hired 29-year old John Limone earlier this year.
New Bunnell coach Doug Cotto is 30. Cheshire’s Don Drust, who coached last year under an interim tag, is 31. Stamford’s Jamar Greene, Bacon Academy’s Erik Larka, Ellington/Somer’s Sean Byrne, Trinity Catholic’s Donny Panapada and Torrington’s Gaetan Rodriguez are all in their 30s.
His hire brings the statewide coaching vacancy down to eight.
NO VACANCY (18)
- Abbott Tech — Rich Holmes
- Avon — Jim Caouette
- Central — Brian Gordon
- Cheshire — Don Drust
- Branford — John Limone
- Bunnell — Doug Cotto
- East Lyme — Rudy Bagos
- Elllington/Somers — Sean Byrne
- Fitch — Jordan Panucci
- Naugatuck — Craig Bruno
- Bacon Academy — Erik Larka
- Lewis Mills — Jose Santana
- Maloney — Pierce Brennan
- New Milford — John Murphy
- Masuk — David Brennan
- Stamford — Jamar Greene
- Torrington — Gaetan Rodriguez
- Trinity Catholic — Donny Panapada
- East Haven
- Notre Dame-Fairfield
- St. Bernard/Norwich Tech
- Woodstock Academy
- Old Saybrook