Add Maloney back to the coaching search.
Pierce Brennan, who came to the Meriden school from Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) to replace Bob Zito a year ago, has resigned to take a job as an assistant at Avon Old Farms, the Record-Journal of Meriden reported Wednesday.
Brennan, whose wife Danielle is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Quinnipiac, was 1-9 as head coach at Maloney, where he taught math. His new gig at Avon Old Farms includes residence on campus, which he said was a deciding factor. The Brennans have an 11-month old daughter, Michaela.
“It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my professional career. It was not easy at all”
“The stability at a boarding school makes things a little bit easier for my wife and the baby. When a kid enters your life, priorities change. My wife and I talked about it a lot. We went back and forth. We felt it’s better for us in the long run.”
“I know the decision hurts a lot of people. That’s a tough thing to do as a coach.”
Brennan got the job last year over Weaver’s Kevin Quinn and Middletown assistant Kevin Frederick.
His resignation brings the statewide vacancies to
seven eight as of Feb. 26 out of 11 12 total.
- Hamden – The interim contract for Todd Dowty expired, opening the position.
- Pomperaug – Dave Roach resigned after three seasons
- Law – Mark Robinson resigned after 13 seasons.
- Rocky Hill – Dave Coyne retired.
- Watertown – Mike Verroneau resigned in January.
- Maloney — Pierce Brennan resigned on Feb. 26 to go to Avon Old Farms.
- Newington — Roy Roberts resigned to take the head coaching job at Manchester
- Danbury — Dan Donovan resigned after four seasons.
- Masuk — Joe Lato
- Stratford — T.J. Cavaliere
- Manchester — Roy Roberts
- Conard — Matt Cersosimo