Updated: The NewsTimes of Danbury reported late Wednesday night that Immaculate coach Tom Taylor would not continue to coach the junior varsity team. Coaches ran practices without him. Athletic director Jeff Castaldi told the NewsTimes Taylor left for “personal reasons.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Castaldi told reporter Chris Brodeur. “I’m not happy about it.” Taylor’s status for next season was unclear.
Though the school hasn’t announced it yet, it is expected that Immaculate will cancel the other four remaining games of its season, which includes Masuk, Bethel, Newtown and Notre Dame-Fairfield. When Immaculate forfeited Stratford’s game, Stratford athletic director Bob Baird said the school would also forfeit the remainder of its games, which was confirmed by a source close to the program.
The Immaculate football team has forfeited this week’s game at Stratford and is perilously close to forfeiting the remainder of its season because of dangerously low numbers, athletic director Jeff Castaldi confirmed Wednesday.
Fifteen players remain in the program, which has lost 42 straight games since 2009. Seven are freshmen.
“It’s been a tough day,” Castaldi said. “Because of safety concerns we’re forfeiting the game. It’s not in the best interest of our kids to play.”
Multiple sources, including one close to the program, told GameTimeCT that the school will forfeit the remainder of its games, as well. But Castaldi said Immaculate is handling the situation, “week-by-week.” He said school officials would meet later in the week to determine whether the program can continue its season.
Immaculate is 0-6 and has lost by an average score of 44-18, though a majority of games have been decided early and played with a running clock.
“We had 44 kids in the spring, but at our first day of (fall) practice, we were down to 26,” Castaldi said. “The last couple of games we’ve played with 21. Then we lost three more kids to injuries during the Crosby game and they’re piling up.”
This week’s game at Stratford was supposed to be the Red Devils’ homecoming. “It’s very disappointing for our kids,” Stratford athletic director Bob Baird said. “We’re in uncharted waters here, this has never happened to us. But it is what it is. We can’t make them play. We understand and we sympathize with them. It’s hard.”
Immaculate is scheduled play games at home vs Bethel (4-2) and Masuk (4-2), then on the road vs. Newtown (6-0), and at Notre Dame-Fairfield (0-6).
Immaculate will continue to play the remainder of its junior varsity games with the remainder of its players, Castaldi said.
It was just 10 years ago that Immaculate played for both an SWC championship and appeared in the Class S playoffs. Since coach Steve Kaplanis died in 2005, however, Immaculate has won just eight games. It has lost 42 straight dating back to a 28-21 victory over Barlow on Oct. 10, 2009.
Tom Taylor, a former winning coach at Brookfield, Canterbury and New Milford, was hired in 2012. He’s the program’s fifth coach in eight years. He will continue to coach the team’s junior varsity team.
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