Update: The NewsTimes reported Wednesday night that the New Milford school board was investigating former New Milford coach John Murphy at the time of his resignation on June 20.
Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote did not tell the paper what the investigation entailed. “We were following up on some issues, but before we could conclude our research, we received (Murphy’s) letter of resignation,” Paddyfote told the NewsTimes.
The paper said school board members were aware of the investigation but would not speak on the record of their conversations with Paddyfote.
Murphy resigned one day before New Milford’s graduation. “I have been given a new opportunity and I will be leaving New Milford,” Murphy wrote, according to the NewsTimes. “Thank you for everything and I wish New Milford the best.”
The John Murphy project has lasted one season at New Milford.
The former three-time state championship coach at Masuk who coached New Milford to a 4-7 record a year ago has resigned for what he called “personal reasons.” Connecticut Post first reported the news on Monday. Murphy also resigned his position as girls lacrosse coach and position in the school.
“Right now it’s just personal reasons,” Murphy told GameTimeCT Monday evening. “It was a good experience and I coached a lot of great kids. But right now, I’m going to march on and see what else is out there.”
He declined to give further details.
Murphy left Masuk in December 2012 after compiling a 153-33-1 record. In addition to his three state titles in 1998, 2008 and 2010, Murphy won six SWC titles in Monroe.
New Milford hired him in 2013. Murphy and the Green Wave famously faced off vs. Masuk in the 2013 season opener, but lost 71-34. New Milford finished the season with victories over Weston, Watertown, Notre Dame-Fairfield and Stratford.
The St. Joseph graduate previously coached there under Christy Hayes and, later, Bob Zito at Newtown before taking over at Masuk in 1997.