Eric Hennessy, an assistant coach at Concordia University Chicago, has been named the next head coach at Newington, the New Britain Herald reported last weekend.
Hennessy’s previous stops include four years at Concordia, several years at Elmwood Park Community Unit High School in Chicago and at Raleigh, N.C. He coached offensive line at Concordia.
He became interested in the Newington job when his wife, Amy, was relocated to the Hartford area for her work with Travelers Insurance.
“I started doing research, called a couple of people I know in the college world and they kept saying Newington was a place a lot of people thought was a sleeping giant,” Hennessy told The Herald.
“I applied. They had a teaching opening which fit my certification and it all worked out. …It was meant to be. My wife and I thought about it a lot. When she got relocated we weren’t sure about it. But everything just sort of happened. It’s divine intervention and I think I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
Hennessy, 42, takes over for Roy Roberts, who became the head coach at Manchester.
Connecticut football coaching vacancies (as of May 2)
- Bassick – Derrick Lewis took over at Law.
- Housatonic/Wamogo – Deron Bayers resigned April 8. [New]
- Woodland – Tim Shea resigned May 2.
- Conard – Matt Cersosimo
- Danbury – Mark Ecke
- Hamden – Todd Dowty
- Law — Derrick Lewis
- Maloney — Kevin Frederick
- Manchester — Roy Roberts
- Masuk — Joe Lato
- Newington — Eric Hennessy
- Pomperaug – James Reed
- Rocky Hill – Mark Fritz
- South Windsor – David Hodge
- Stratford — T.J. Cavaliere
- Watertown — Luigi Velardi
- Weston – Chris Pace