Stratford names Cavaliere head football coach

Stratford High named T.J. Cavaliere its head football coach on Friday, replacing John Svatik, who resigned earlier this month.
“We are very pleased to have T.J. running our football program,” principal Joseph Corso said in a release. “T.J. is well respected by the student body, our athletes and the faculty, and he is no stranger to our athletic programs.”
Cavaliere was the offensive coordinator at Jonathan Law the last four seasons and has previous ties to Stratford’s program. He coached the offense under former Red Devils coach Duane Shirden from 2004 to 2009, and he previously coached varsity wrestling and boys lacrosse at the school.
“This has been a job I’ve been thinking about for a long time, hoping it would become open. I feel like I’m coming home,” said Cavaliere, who teaches social studies at Stratford. “I’ve enjoyed the journey to get here, but I am very much looking forward to this opportunity.”
Cavaliere graduated in 2003 from Fairfield University, where he played wide receiver and safety for the school’s now-defunct football program. Now at Stratford, he’s looking to boost a program that finished 10-31 over the last four seasons under Svatik. Stratford went 3-8 this year, losing its final four games.
Cavaliere’s departure from Law comes nearly three weeks after longtime head coach Mark Robinson’s unexpected resignation. Robinson, who’s a tech and wood shop teacher at the school, went 43-90 in 12 years at the helm.
“(Robinson) was a graduate of Law, he teaches at Law, he coached for a long time,” athletic director Michael Hoggatt said by phone.
“He bleeds black and gold,” Hoggatt continued, referring to the school colors.
Law went 4-7 this season, ending with a 50-7 loss to Foran on Thanksgiving.
Hogatt said that the school is waiting until the holidays to post the head coach opening for applicants.;