‘Very early’ in process; no timetable set on Masuk coaching search

For the second straight offseason, Masuk athletic director John DeGennaro is tasked with hiring a football coach.
Last year, his job was to replace the highly successful John Murphy, who resigned after winning three state titles in 16 seasons. Now, coming off the program’s first playoff-less season since 2009, DeGennaro is going back to the drawing board, in search of a spark.
This time it will be to replace Dave Brennan, who in his lone season went 7-4 and saw discontent surface between some players and parents. Brennan said in a text on Dec. 20 that he “wished to continue” coaching the Panthers, but noted that his contract was not renewed.
On Friday, DeGennaro called Brennan’s departure a “personal matter” and thanked him for his “hard work and commitment to the players.”
“Dave is a very good man,” he said.
DeGennaro said he’s “very early” in the search process as the position has yet to be posted externally. He’s received emails from interested candidates, but hasn’t set a timetable for a hire.
“I don’t want to say, ‘one week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks,’ because you just don’t know,” he said. “Once we have the candidate that we want to hire, we have to do as quickly as possible.”
Masuk will surely be in search of stability after a turbulent year. Several players reportedly left the team at one point during the preseason as discord surrounded the program.
The Panthers opened the season 4-0 before losing three straight to Pomperaug, Ansonia and Bethel.
DeGennaro didn’t specify what he’s looking for in his next coach, but experience will certainly be a key.
“I’m not going to pigeonhole ourself in terms of exactly what we’re looking for,” DeGennaro said. “We’re looking obviously for a qualified candidate … to lead our program in a positive direction.”
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