Jack Petion, an assistant at Southern Connecticut State and teacher at Hillhouse, has been named the next head coach at Stratford, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
Petion coached a variety of different positions during his two years as a SCSU assistant, including defensive backs, linebackers running backs and special teams. had previously been a defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Newington and offensive coordinator at Northwest Catholic.
Petion is a graduate of SCSU, who also holds a master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Bridgeport from and Cross Endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education from SCSU. He teaches special education at Hillhouse.
At Stratford, Petion replaces T.J. Cavaliere, who resigned after three seasons, including a Class M playoff berth in 2015.
Petion is a native of Newark, New Jersey and graduated from nearby Union (N.J.) High School. He originally played football at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, but transfered to SCSU in 2010. He played for the Owls from 2010-11 and made 101 tackles during his two-year career, including 63 as a senior.
“The committee that was entrusted with the important responsibility of hiring the best coach for our student athletes at Stratford High School was extremely impressed with Coach Petion’s knowledge of and commitment to the game of football and the student-athlete in and out of the classroom,” Stratford principal Jack Dellapiano said in the statement.
“His addition to the Stratford Community will be an asset to our Students as they prepare for the rigors of high school and beyond.”