James Reed, Ridgefield’s offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, has been hired to take over at Pomperaug, athletic director Joe Velardi confirmed Tuesday.
Reed takes over for David Roach, who resigned in December after three seasons.
A graduate of Pace University and Sacred Heart, where he received his masters in teaching, Reed coached football, baseball and basketball as an assistant at New Milford. He was a football assistant for the Green Wave from 2003-2010, including a three-year stint as coach Chuck Lynch’s offensive coordinator.
Reed joined the Ridgefield coaching staff in 2010 and coached the offense since 2011.
“He was very impressive from the very beginning,” Velardi said. “He received glowing recommendations from the administration at Ridgefield, people I respect and admire.
“He’s basically an educator and that’s something that we felt strongly about for this job. We think he’ll be a good fit at Pomperaug.”
Ridgefield’s offense averaged 382 yards per game and scored 54 touchdowns last year as the Tigers went 10-3 and reached the Class LL semifinals.
“It was a good (hiring) process,” Velardi said. “We had a number of good candidates come in, but James just kind of rose to the top. As I said, he had glowing recommendations. We’re pleased.”
Reed takes over a program that was a playoff regular during the 2000s, but hasn’t been since 2009, when it lost to Notre Dame-West Haven in the Class L championship.
In 2011, thirty-year coach Chuck Drury went to Southington to coach with his son, Mike. Roach, an assistant under Drury, coached the team to 8-2 and the cusp of a playoff berth in 2011. But the Panthers finished with losing records in 2012 and 2013.
Connecticut football coaching vacancies (as of March 11)
- Hamden – The interim contract for Todd Dowty expired, opening the position.
- Rocky Hill – Dave Coyne retired.
- Watertown – Mike Verroneau resigned in January.
- Maloney – Pierce Brennan resigned on Feb. 26 to go to Avon Old Farms.
- Newington – Roy Roberts resigned to take the head coaching job at Manchester
- Danbury – Dan Donovan resigned after four seasons.
- Bassick — Derrick Lewis took over at Law
- Weston — Joe Lato hired at Masuk