Dave Brennan is out as Masuk’s football coach after just one season.
Brennan, who faced the enormous task of replacing John Murphy and his legacy of three state titles in 16 years, finished 7-4 in his first year. He confirmed he would not return as coach in a text message.
It was not immediately known whether he resigned or had been dismissed, though Brennan did say he “wished to continue.'”
Athletic director John DeGennaro did not return a phone message seeking comment.
“It was a difficult year from the start as there were a lot of issues,” Brennan wrote. “Some were resolved and others were not.
“In spite of them, we had a 7-4 record and I’m proud of our efforts under those circumstances and wished to continue. I’m disappointed that didn’t happen, so I will be looking for another coaching opportunity and the challenges high school football brings.”
Brennan, a former Ridgefield assistant who teaches in Monroe, was hired to replace Murphy last spring.
His tenure was beset with discord in the preseason. Players reportedly walked out from practice and some parents voiced their concerns in public and to DeGennaro and Principal Joe Kobza throughout the year.
Masuk started the season ranked and won its first four games. But a three-game losing streak in October, first to Pomperaug, then Ansonia and Bethel, derailed the team’s hopes at qualifying for the postseason for the fourth-consecutive year.