USA Today is running a poll to pick the best high school coach in America and is putting up several candidates from each state and, not surprisingly, several of the coaches are from our area.
You can go vote for your favorite coach on the USA Today High School Sports website.
The candidates are.
Craig Bruno, Naugatuck: Bruno is in his first season at Naugatuck after leading Bunnell to four state playoff appearances, two state championships and a 94-36-1 record in 12 seasons.
Ed McCarthy, West Haven: McCarthy, in his 31st season at West Haven (and 43rd season overall), likely will become Connecticut’s all-time leader in wins this season.
Lou Marinelli, New Canaan: He has won eight state titles at New Canaan since 1981 and ranks second in all-time wins among active coaches in Connecticut.
Marce Petroccio, Staples: He has led Staples to three state titles in 20 years.
Rich Albonizio, Greenwich: He has more than 250 wins, five league titles and four state titles.
Sean Marinan, Xavier: He has won four state titles and compiled a 91-33-1 record in 12 full seasons at Xavier.
Steve Filippone, Daniel Hand: He has more than 200 wins in 25 seasons and won seven state titles.