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Sean Patrick Bowley

More fun with GIFs: Doug Cotto and Justin DeVellis do a little dance

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This is too much. During last year’s SWC championship game on Thanksgiving, I happened to catch a video of then-Newtown defensive coordinator (now Bunnell head coach) Doug Cotto and receiver-turned quarterback Justin Devellis celebrate after Cooper Gold scored the go-ahead touchdown vs. Masuk. It was altogether awesome and silly… and perfect animated GIF material for […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Fun with GIFs: Xavier’s Sean Marinan gets hit in head with football

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So, I’ve been learning how to make animated GIFs. And — hooboy! — I’m having a lot of fun. Here’s a GIF from a 2011 interview I did with Xavier’s Sean Marinan at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. He was just talking about his team that year when suddenly, out of nowhere, an errant football thrown […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Fields of Dreams: New Oxford and the Surf Club fields coming along

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And now a quick photo update on two brand-new football fields coming to a town near you — well, at least if you live in Oxford or Madison. Oxford has already laid down its turf field and has added bleachers on the site of its old practice field next to the school. It looks like […] [Read More]

Doug Cotto anxious to continue Bunnell football tradition

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He was just window shopping, at first. But before he knew it, Doug Cotto had traded in his Newtown blue and gold for Bunnell silver and blue. Cotto, the Hawks’ defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, only started to look at head coaching jobs to see where he stood in his relatively young career. […] [Read More]

13-year old accuser cyberbullied in wake of Torrington football player sexual assault arrests

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The Register Citizen of Torrington released a pretty explosive report on the state of Torrington High School and its football program today. The story, by reporter Jessica Glenza, details a string of alleged dirty deeds and all around bad behavior by a few members of the team and the student population at-large. The crux of […] [Read More]

Rich Holmes hired at Abbott Tech

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Rich Holmes has been hired to take over the Abbott Tech football program, athletic director Jon Nadeau announced today. Holmes is a 29-year vet who previously was the head coach at Sacred Heart (1998-99) and at Notre Dame-Fairfield (1988-91). His last stop was as the offensive coordinator at Danbury under Rick Davis from 2001-08. Holmes […] [Read More]

Source: Newtown DC Doug Cotto to become next Bunnell coach

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Doug Cotto will been chosen to become the next football coach at Bunnell, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Though Bunnell is expected to make the announcement within a day or so as the final details are confirmed, the source confirmed it was basically a done deal. Cotto, 30, has been Newtown’s […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel update: T-Town to name next coach; Nothing doing at Bunnell, Ludlowe

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Torrington is set to name Gaetan Rodriguez as its next football coach, according to a brief in the Register-Citizen today. The site says Rodriguez is a Torrington graduate and All-NVL player in the 1990s who has a “extensive experience” as an assistant coach, including a stop at New Britain. His hire is pending approval by […] [Read More]

‘Shoreline 8′ looks at aligning with SCC in football (updated)

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Ah, so the rumors were true. Now, get ready for yet another round of Connecticut High School conference realignment. According to a report by Chris Hunn of New Haven Register the eight football programs (10 schools total) of the former Pequot Sasasscus division are exploring a proposal to be absorbed into the Southern Connecticut Conference’s […] [Read More]

New Hall of Fame Classic combine, draft dates set

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The new (and, maybe, improved) Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame Football Classic announced dates for its tryout combine and draft today. The all-star game, which will be played exclusively by graduating Connecticut high school football players at Rentschler Field on June 29, will hold its tryouts on March 24 at the Floyd […] [Read More]

CIAC to move state championships to CCSU’s Arute Field

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The CIAC confirmed Thursday it will move its state championship football games to Central Connecticut’s Arute Field beginning in 2013. The decision comes just as the CIAC’s contract with Rentschler Field was up for renewal. The organization has held its state championships there for the past three seasons. Arute Field recently completed a renovation of […] [Read More]

No Central decision (yet), but committee members talk open division (gasp!)

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The CIAC football committee met Wednesday to discuss, among other things, the impending move of its championship games to Central Connecticut State. There was nothing official to report on that matter as of Thursday. But, make no mistake, it’s going to happen. And soon. Update: It just happened. We’re told that the football committee wants […] [Read More]

Westhill assistant Jamar Green named next Stamford coach

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In an surprise, Jamar Greene has been named the next head coach at Stamford, our own Dave Ruden reported this morning. Greene was chosen among a list of finalists that included Staples freshman coach and Stamford teacher Jon Boone and New Canaan assistant Chris Silvestri. Greene, the first African-American head coach in Stamford football history […] [Read More]

Notre Dame-Fairfield inexplicably fires Dawon Dicks as coach

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Notre Dame-Fairfield’s Dawon Dicks confirmed a report Tuesday that he is no longer the school’s football coach. “Please contact (ND athletic director) Rob Bleggi,” Dicks said via text message. “I’m no longer the coach of (ND).” Bleggi released a statement Tuesday afternoon which simply said “Coach Dicks is no longer the head football coach at […] [Read More]

Branford to hire John Limone as next coach

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John Limone will likely be named the next head coach at Branford, according to a report in The Day of New London’s Shore Publishing division. Limone, 29, is a Branford graduate who played quarterback on longtime coach Len Bonn’s final team in 2001. He went on to play at Marist. He joined the football staff […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Ansonia’s Sean Byrne named next coach at Ellington/Somers; Plus more Pequot stuff

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The Ellington/Somers co-op football team didn’t look far to find its next head coach. Valley folk should know him pretty well, too. Ansonia alum and former assistant Sean Byrne took over the Pequot program today after spending the last seven years as an assistant under retired coach Keith Tautkus. The 1995 Ansonia graduate played at […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel update: Bunnell, Stamford interviews this week; Ludlowe close

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It had been a relatively few quiet weeks since David Brennan was hired as the next coach at Masuk. Then came the snowstorm, basketball tournaments, and somewhere along the line Brian Gordon was hired a Central and Avon hired , kicking the offseason coaching moves back into gear. Late last week, Kyle Brennan of the […] [Read More]

We’re engaged! Naugatuck Valley League, Oxford to tie knot

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*** The courtship is over. Let the wedding plans begin! After three and a half months of wooing, the NVL has accepted Oxford’s marriage proposal, the Waterbury Rep-Am reported today. All that’s left are the official vows and the ‘I Dos.” But hang on, lovebirds. The young school, which has apparently just teased the SWC […] [Read More]
Categories: NVL, SWC

NFA’s Outlow commits to Boston College

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*** Everyone knows now.. but I’m a BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLE. #BLESSED. — Marcus Outlow (@PrinceOutlow) February 20, 2013 That was quick. NFA’s Marcus Outlow became the first Connecticut player from the Class of 2014 to make a verbal commitment. And the all-state back has apparently chosen Boston College, according to a report in BC Interruption […] [Read More]

Brian Gordon named next Central football coach

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Brian Gordon has been named the next head coach at Central. Gordon, 40, replaces Dave Cadelina, under whom he served as the defensive coordinator since 2008. A Bloomfield native and Southern Connecticut State graduate, Gordon has been a Spanish teacher at Central for the last six years. His previous coaching stops included Sacred Heart University […] [Read More]

David Brennan named head coach at Masuk

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David Brennan has been named the next head coach at Masuk High School, athletic director John DeGennaro confirmed Thursday. And he’s a familiar face. Though he’s been an assistant head coach under Kevin Callahan at Ridgefield for the past nine seasons, Brennan has been working at Masuk as a special education teacher this year and […] [Read More]

Lewis Mills promotes Jose Santana to head coach

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A few days after we learned East Haven’s job was opened, another closed. Lewis Mills has promoted assistant Jose Santana to head coach, according to a report by the Register-Citizen, which cited a press release from the school. Santana coached running backs and defensive backs at Lewis Mills last season. Previously, Santana was an assistant […] [Read More]

Connecticut’s National Signing Day List (updated)

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National Signing Day is today. Here is the updated list of signees either from Connecticut or enrolled at Connecticut prep schools. This list was culled from various sources, including the Hartford Courant’s list of players from up north, and, of course you fine folks. Thanks for your submissions. If we’re missing anyone now, then I […] [Read More]

Another coaching vacancy unearthed: East Haven

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This nutty offseason hasn’t hit its zenith just yet. East Haven coach Greg Volpe has resigned at East Haven after four seasons, bringing the current total of high school coaching vacancies back to 19 for the time being. The news was first reported Monday by Ray Curren, aka @CurrenSCC on Twitter, and followed up by […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Xavier’s Boyle commits to UConn, updated signing day list

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With National Signing Day just four days away, Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle announced Sunday he was switching his commitment from Boston College to UConn. Boyle made the announcement on Twitter just as Super Bowl XLVII was kicking off in New Orleans. The quarterback began rethinking his June commitment to Boston College after former coach Frank […] [Read More]

Oxford-NVL presentation and/or vote postponed to next week

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Oxford-to-NVL fanatics who are waiting anxiously to bring the Wolverines into their apparently rightful place alongside the other All-American Valley schools will have to wait at least another week. Both Woodland athletic director Brian Fell and Oxford athletic director/football coach Joe Stochmal confirmed Wednesday that the meeting of NVL and Oxford representatives, which was supposed […] [Read More]

It’s official: Murphy takes over as New Milford football coach

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As expected, New Milford’s Board of Education approved John Murphy as its football coachWednesday night. Murphy, 45, who coached 16 years and won three state championships at Mausk before resigning in December, will begin his new job Thursday morning. He was also hired as the school’s girls lacrosse coach and as a paraeducator at Schaghticoke […] [Read More]

Connecticut High School signing day commitments

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National Signing Day is Feburary 6, just seven short days away. Here’s a quick look at who from Connecticut’s high school and prep schools are heading where. We’re constantly adding to this update list, so if you have an announcement for us either post below or email me at sbowley@ctpost.com Here we go… High Schools […] [Read More]
Categories: Recruiting

And now, a Masuk football update: Two candidates down, two remain

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With John Murphy expected to be sworn in by a congregation of New Milford converts Wednesday night,  talk has naturally shifted back to his former place of employment: Masuk. OK, let’s be honest, it’s never really shifted away from Masuk. We just took a slight detour when it was confirmed Murphy was on his way […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC

Maloney hires Trinity-Pawling’s Pierce Brennan as next coach (updated)

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Update: 8:20 p.m. Meriden’s Board of Education has approved Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) assistant Pierce Brennan as Maloney’s next football coach, the Record-Journal of Meriden reported Tuesday night. He is the seventh coach in the history of the school, according to the Record-Journal. Brennan takes over for nine-year coach Bob Zito, whose contract wasn’t renewed following last […] [Read More]
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