Football: 2015 Coaching Vacancy List

Amity — Bert Mozelous resigned | Ted Czepiga hired Bridgeport Central – Mike Farrell hired to replace Brian Gordon. Bristol Eastern – Mike Achrangelo resigned after season | Paul Phillippon rumored to return (unconfirmed) Bunnell – Doug Cotto fired at midseason | Interim coach Sean Mignone hired Canton – Paul Phillippon resigned after three seasons, citing low numbers Capital Prep / Achievement First — Chris Fulton resigned Coginchaug […]

Football: We’ve confirmed Paul Phillippon is Bristol Eastern’s head coach again

It’s Memorial Day weekend so we reserve the right to coast a little bit this Friday. So, in response to a commenter who (essentially) asked what’s the deal with Bristol Eastern’s not-really-confirmed hire of former coach Paul Phillippon? we figured we’d reach out to Bristol Eastern about it. But, again, it’s the start of Memorial […]

Football: Woodland’s Tim Phipps hired as head coach at The Hopkins School, replaces Tom Parr

Woodland's Tim Phipps is taking over for longtime coach Tom Parr at The Hopkins School (photo via The Hopkins School - Hopkins.edu)

Tim Phipps is the new head football coach at The Hopkins School in New Haven. He is leaving the same position at Woodland Regional in Beacon Falls. Hopkins announced the appointment on Thursday in a release. The move becomes effective July 1. Phipps, who will also teach history at the school, replaces Tom Parr, who […]

Football: List of the 2015 spring games, including North Haven’s Spring Brawl for Hunter Pageau

Flier for North Haven's annual Spring Brawl game which will benefit Hunter Pageau on June 12. (via North Haven football on Twitter)

Spring football is just around the corner. Programs that have elected to hold spring practices may begin any time after Memorial Day up until 10 days before the end of their school’s academic year. For a few programs, this means spring practice will culminate in an intra-squad spring game with names like Blue-White, the Red-White, the Blue-Gold, […]

Connecticut High School Coaches Association: 2014-15 Awards

Some of the coach of the year award winners at the CHSCA banquet Thursday night. Clockwise, from top right: Hand field hockey coach Sue Leckey, Shelton golf coach Joe LaPorta, Glastonbury girls lacrosse coach Kris Cofiell (Photos via Glastonbury HS, Shelton HS and Hand HS)

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association honored its coaches of the year Thursday night at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Here are the award winners: Athletic Director Gary Makowicki, Norwich Free Academy Baseball Richard Magner, Xavier Boys Basketball Ronald Pires, E.O. Smith Boys Cross Country Tom Butterfield, Hall Boys Golf Joseph LaPorta, Shelton Boys Lacrosse Brian White, […]

Football: CIAC announces 2015 spring football participants

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  The CIAC has announced its list of 2015 spring football elections today. Spring football teams are allowed to conduct practice for 10 days any time after Memorial Day, but must end before the end of the school’s academic year. Only freshmen, sophomores and juniors are allowed to participate in spring practices. The first three […]

Championship Bling (a series): Capital Prep/Achievement First Football title rings

Capital Prep / Achievement First football players Davonne Massey, Sidney Jones, Nasir Williams,  Larry Mounds show off their title rings for winning the Class S-Small title (via Sidney Jones)

Welcome back to another episode of ‘State Championship Bling,’ a sporadic feature where we give Connecticut’s state championship teams a chance to show off their title spoils from the previous year. Today we take a look at Capital Prep/Achievement First’s state championship rings for winning the Class S-Small championship over North Branford. The title was […]

Think you can coach football? Have we got a job opportunity for you at West Haven

Former West Haven coach Ed McCarthy works the officials during his final season (File)

As you might have heard, West Haven coach Ed McCarthy, the all-time winningest coach in Connecticut history with 331 victories in 44 seasons, has put away his whistle. Officially, now. So there’s an opening at West Haven High School, which — like Greenwich before it — has only had a handful of coaches throughout its […]

Football: Chris Fulton resigns as Capital Prep / Achievement First coach

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Chris Fulton, who coached Capital Prep’s football team to a Class S-Small championship last year, has resigned as coach, according to a report by WFSB-3’s John Holt Tuesday. Fulton had coached Capital Prep and its varying co-op arrangements since 2007. He was 62-24 as a head coach. In his final four years Capital Prep’s co-ops […]

Southern Connecticut Conference names its Comeback Players of the Year

The 2014-15 SCC Comeback Players of the Year, from left to right,  Cheshire's Jack Cunningham, East Haven's Gabrielle Lamberti and Hand's Kelly Nizolek, are flanked by SCC Commissioner Al Carbone (far left) and Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists Chief Executive Officer Glenn Elia (far right).

Three student athletes – Jack Cunningham (Cheshire), Kelly Nizolek (Hand) and Gabrielle Lamberti (East Haven) – are the recipients of the 2015 SCC Comeback Player of the Year awards. All three students suffered severe injuries, yet were able to overcome them to become outstanding role models in their respective schools. A corporate sponsor of the […]

Football: Here is the Pequot Conference’s new divisional alignment, preliminary 2015 schedule

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With all the recent news in the Pequot League — the addition of several new co-operatives like Cromwell/Portland, Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech and Stafford/Somers/East Windsor — now’s a good time to release the 2015 preliminary schedules for the league’s 2015 season. As you’ll notice, with Avon bolting for the Central Connecticut Conference, the league has reorganized into […]

Football: Coaches, FCIAC reach deal to restore Thanksgiving rivalries, league championship

It appears as if FCIAC Executive Director John Kuczo (right) will get to hand out another league championship trophy after decreeing that the title game will be moved to a week before Thanksgiving.  (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

The contentious, six-month FCIAC football scheduling crisis seems to have reached a cordial end. In a compromise with the league’s coaches, who united behind a proposal at a Tuesday night emergency meeting, the FCIAC has agreed to restore rivalry games to Thanksgiving while also playing the FCIAC Championship for the 50th year. “I think the mistake along the way, and […]

Football: Somers joins Stafford / East Windsor; Portland joins Cromwell; Hyde adds Career and Whitney Tech

Somers football players — like Nate LaJoie — will have a place to play this fall. So will interested football players at Career Magnet in New Haven. Just a few months after the CIAC disbanded its co-op arrangement with Ellington, Somers has joined up with nearby Stafford/East Windsor to form the Stafford/Somers/East Windsor Bulldogs cooperative football team. Stafford/Somers/East […]

Kumbaya! The Eastern Connecticut Conference won’t break up after all

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The Eastern Connecticut Conference, which was racing at breakneck speed into oblivion as a high school athletic conference, pulled up nanometers from impact Friday when its principals announced a deal that would — incredibly — keep the 18 schools together. Yes, really. Both The Day of New London and the Norwich Bulletin reported that the league would […]

Football: Former Hand assistant Peter Nye named head coach at Morgan

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Peter Nye, a former assistant at Hand, has been named the head coach at Morgan, Nye confirmed Thursday. Nye said the hire was approved on Monday. Nye replaces Mike Eagle, who stepped down in March to become the head coach at Guilford. Nye, a Clinton resident, is active in that community and is on the […]

Football: Ridgefield coach charged with DUI, texting; placed on leave [Updated]

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Note: This story has been updated as of May 6. Original post date May 5. Ridgefield football coach Kevin Calahan has been charged with driving under the influence in Fairfield, according to a report by the Ridgefield Press Tuesday. According to the story, citing a police report obtained from sister paper Fairfield Citizen, Callahan hit a […]

Football: Fairfield Warde parent starts online petition to restore Thanksgiving

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One of most outspoken schools — if not the most outspoken — against the FCIAC’s Thanksgiving football switch has been Fairfield Warde. Coach Duncan Della Volpe has criticized the change. Players have hit the town to collect signatures demanding the restoration of the Warde-Ludlowe game on Thanksgiving. Even first selectman Michael Tetreau (D) weighed in on restoring Thanksgiving football to town. […]

Bransfield: Even the Central Connecticut Conference is having football scheduling issues

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Just when you thought it was OK to make fall football plans, the Central Connecticut Conference — a league that is nothing if not entertaining — re-did its football schedule yet again. This is the third incarnation of the upcoming season schedule and — who knows? — it might not be the last. As league […]

Football: FCIAC coaches, executives meet again over Thanksgiving brouhaha, tell CTPost reporter nothing much

The FCIAC's decision to stop playing Thanksgiving Day rivalries on Thanksgiving is driving a rift through the league. (Illustration by Sean Patrick Bowley)

Fifteen of the 17 FCIAC football coaches and three of the league’s top executives held an emergency meeting in Norwalk Tuesday in an attempt to solve the ongoing football scheduling crisis. What happened? Well, Connecticut Post’s Doug Bonjour attempted to find out by staking out the meeting at Sono Field House. And, outside of a bunch of […]

Football: West Haven’s Ed McCarthy resigns after 32 seasons as head coach

West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy gets an ice bath from his team's players after defeating Hamden 49-7 in celbration of McCarthy's 322 career win.

Ed McCarthy’s 32-year tenure as West Haven’s football coach came to an end Monday evening. His resignation was made official at the West Haven Board of Education meeting Monday evening. McCarthy is the state’s all-time victories leader with 332. “Was it bittersweet, I suppose so,” McCarthy said Monday. “Obviously, there were a lot of great […]