Fairfield Ludlowe lures Vin Camera away from Platt Tech (updated)

Vincent Camera

LudloweVincent Camera, the only football coach in Platt Tech’s history, has been hired as the next head coach at Fairfield Ludlowe.

Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz confirmed the hiring of Camera via email Wednesday afternoon.

“Vinnie was the standout candidate in the interview process and we are looking forward to him joining our staff at Fairfield Ludlowe,” Schulz said in a statement.

A 1997 East Haven High graduate who played football at Fairfield University, Camera was a Platt Tech math teacher coaching football at Fairfield Prep when Platt Tech tapped him to become its first football coach in 2007.

He coached the Panthers for six years and was 24-37-1. His final year was his best. Platt Tech was 6-4, the first winning season in school history.

Ludlowe, meanwhile, is coming off a bizarre 5-5 season. Former coach Matt McCloskey officially announced his resignation at midseason and the team subsequently rattled off four straight victories to finish at .500.

Ludlowe hasn’t had a winning season since it was 5-4 in 2009 (not including a forfeit).

Sources had said Camera was the prime candidate to take over back in February. But it took almost two more months before his hiring became official as the school attempted to find him a teaching job.

“Being a guy who graduated from Fairfield U and coached at Prep, I always felt some ties to the (Fairfield) Community,” said Camera, 34. “My brother lives in town. I’m not too far away in Milford. I’ve always thought the sky could be the limit in Fairfield. The town has a great youth program, plenty of resources and money to support them. Between all those resources and the talent and qualify of kid they produce, the potential to be successful is there.”

Camera will meet with his new players and begin constructing a staff immediately. He was also hired be a teacher at Ludlowe.

He said he hopes one of his assistants will take over at Platt Tech.

His hire has whittled the statewide coaching vacancies down to seven Eight 

The statewide coaching vacancies remain at eight.

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Sean Patrick Bowley