The 2017 High School Football Coaching Vacancy list is open for business.
From the moment the Thanksgiving Day games were completed, vacancies started to pop up all across Connecticut, and quite a few high-profile ones, too. In addition to Hand, where Steve Filippone stepped down after 27 years as head coach, and Lyman Hall, where coach Aiden Lynch was shown the door, we saw openings at Cromwell/Portland, Guilford, Newtown, Notre Dame-West Haven, Woodstock… and a whole lot more.
A number of those openings were quickly filled with promotions. Xavier replaced Sean Marinan with defensive coordinator Andy Guyon. Notre Dame’s Tom Marcucci replaced himself with offensive coordinator Joe DeCaprio. Newtown recently elevated defensive coordinator Bob Pattison to replace head coach Steve George.
They weren’t the first and they won’t be the last. So here’s where we will keep track of the 2017 coaching changes throughout the offseason.
Each vacancy will be signified by a helmet. Each filled position will be noted with a headshot of the new coach.
We’ll do our best to keep this list as current as possible. By all means, let us know if there are any others from now until August.
The Coaching Carousel 2017
Updated July 11
- Old Coach: PABLO ORTIZ Jr. (Dismissed as coach by Hartford Public School District, later cleared of breach complaints)
- New Coach: TERIKO ROBERTS (Former Hamden, SCSU, Hartford Public assistant appointed May 18)
- Old Coach: MIKE GUY (Resigned after one season)
- New Coach: DANTE BOFFI (assistant elevated to head coach)
- Old Coach: PETER BEEBE (Unknown, vacancy posted Nov. 28)
- New Coach: MAURICE LLOYD (Bloomfield defensive coordinator, former UConn linebacker hired)
- Old Coach: STEVE CROCE (resigned to take OC job at Anna Maria College)
- New Coach: ERIK BECKER (former Hand offensive coordinator)
- Old Coach: CHRIS ECKERT (Resigned after six seasons)
- New Coach: RANDELL BENNETT (Cromwell alum, offensive line coach promoted)
- Old Coach: MIKE EAGLE (Resigned after two seasons)
- New Coach: ANTHONY AVALLONE (freshman coach under Eagle hired May 1)
- Old Coach: STEVE FILIPPONE (Resigned after 27 seasons)
- New Coach: DAVE MASTROIANNI (assistant elevated to HC, Jan. 17)
- Old Coach: AIDEN LYNCH (Forced to resign after two seasons)
- New Coach: BILL WEYRAUCH (Former Chip McKeehan assistant, Lyman Hall math teacher hired January 23)
- Old Coach: ERIC HENNESSEY (Resigned after three seasons)
- New Coach: JASON PACE (Wolcott coach hired January 30.)
- Old Coach: MARK FARNSWORTH (interim during 2016 season)
- New Coach: JONATHAN “D.J.” HERNANDEZ (Former Bristol Central all-stater, UConn QB, college assistant, moving home with family)
- Old Coach: VIN CAMERA (Resigned after four seasons)
- New Coach: DR. MITCHELL ROSS (Darien assistant, offensive coordinator sine 2005; Dermatologist)
- Old Coach: CRAIG BRUNO (Resigned after four seasons)
- New Coach: DAVE SOLLAZZO (longtime college assistant at Maryland and, most recently, UMass hired)
- New Coach: BOB PATTISON (promoted from defensive coordinator)
- Old Coach: STEVE GEORGE (Resigned after 10 seasons)
- New Coach: JASON BAKOULIS (promoted from defensive coordinator)
- Old Coach: JEMAL DAVIS (resigned April 18 to pursue career in ‘education leadership’)
- New Coach: VACANT
- Old Coach: JOHN OKO (resigned, job posted May 11)
Notre Dame-West Haven
- New Coach: JOE DeCAPRIO (Promoted from offensive coordinator)
- Old Coach: TOM MARCUCCI (Retires after second tenure, remains AD)
- New Coach: MICHAEL SCOTT (Hired April 3)
- Old Coach: ROBERT RUBIN (Resigned Jan. 6)
- New Coach: VACANT
- Old Coach: JOE ASERMELLY (resigned March 31)
- New Coach: ROBERT RUBIN (former Prince Tech coach, hired in Spring.)
- Old Coach: TOM HAMMON
- New Coach: THOMAS ALLEN (defensive coordinator promoted May 3)
- Old Coach: PHIL DAWSON (resigned)
- Old Coach: T.J. CAVALIERE (Resigned after three seasons)
- New Coach: JACK PETION (two-year SCSU assistant coach)
- Old Coach: SEAN LADYGA (Resigned Feb. 8 for personal reasons)
- New Coach: VACANT
- Old Coach: CHRIS PACE (Resigned at midseason for inappropriate comment)
- New Coach: DAN HASSETT (elevated from interim coach, was Weston’s defensive coordinator)
- Old Coach: JASON PACE (Accepted Newington job January 30, leaves after six seasons)
- New Coach: MATT HOVE (9-man Kenmare [North Dakota] HS coach moves to CT, hired)
- Old Coach: DARYL DALEEN (Resigned after one season, family moved to St. Louis.)
- New Coach: SEAN SAUCIER (Ended 13-year tenure as Hyde School football coach when the school closed its Putnam campus; Hired as head coach and athletic director immediately after Daleen resigned.)
- Old Coach: SEAN MARINAN (Asked to resigned after 15 seasons)
- New Coach: ANDY GUYON (Promoted from defensive coordinator)
Update, January 18: Three vacancies were filled when Hand (Dave Mastroianni), Ludlowe (Dr. Mitch Ross) and Weston (Dan Hassett) all announced their hires. We will be busy updating the carousel graphic at some point.
Update, January 19: Craig Bruno resigned at Naugatuck.
Update, January 20: Jonathan “D.J.” Hernandez hired at Ledyard.
Update, January 23: RHAM announces opening; Lyman Hall hires Bill Weyrauch.
Update, January 30: Jason Pace leaves Wolcott to take Newington job.
Update, January 31: Bulkeley Co-Op’s Pablo Ortiz dismissed.
Update, February 8: Sean Ladyga resigns from the Thames River co-op, the Norwich Bulletin reports.
Update, February 24: Randell Bennett hired as Cromwell/Portland coach
Update, March 10: Former UMass and Maryland defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo hired at Naugatuck.
Update, March 16: Former SCSU player, assistant Jack Petion named next head coach at Stratford.
Update, March 29: Bloomfield assistant, former UConn standout Moe Lloyd hired at CREC.
Update, March 31: Canton hires assistant Dante Boffi.
Update, April 18: NFA’s Jemal Davis resigns; Robert Rubin hired at RHAM
Update, April 26: NFA hires assistant Jason Bakoulis; Wolcott hires Matt Hove.
Update, May 1: Anthony Avallone hired at Guilford.
Update, May 3: Thomas Allen promoted at Sacred Heart-Waterbury; Added Quinebaug Valley vacancy
Update, May 11: Nonnewaug coach John Oko resigns; Job posted.
Update, May 18: Teriko Roberts hired as Bulkeley coach.
Update, June 23: Steve Croce resigns at Coginchaug.
Update, July 6: Notified Prince Tech hired Michael Scott as head coach on April 3.
Update, July 11: Erik Becker hired as Coginchaug coach.