Craig Bruno, who won a pair of state championships at Bunnell and also coached at Naugatuck, has been named the next head coach at Amity, the school announced today in a press release.
He replaces Ted Czepiga, who left the program in December after three seasons.
Bruno takes over an Amity program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007. Amity’s last state playoff appearance was in 2002. The Spartans were 8-22 under Czepiga.
A Stratford native who played for Bob Mastroni at Bunnell, Bruno took over his mentor in 2001 and coached the Bulldogs 12 seasons.
Under Bruno, Bunnell went 94-36-1 and won back-to-back Class L championships in 2006 and 2007 — the school’s first and only football titles. He was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in 2006.
He then coached at Naugatuck from 2013-2016 and brought the Greyhounds to the Class L playoffs in 2014. Bruno resigned as Greyhounds coach and coached last season as an assistant at Staples under Marce Petroccio, who was named head coach at Trumbull earlier this year.
Overall, Bruno is 124-49-1 and five state playoff appearances as a head coach. His .714 winning percentage places him in among the top 50 in state history. He has taught in the Bridgeport School System for 25 years. He also coached as an assistant at Harding and was