Stratford boys basketball coach Paul Dudzinski resigned effective immediately Wednesday afternoon in the midst of his 19th season at the helm of the Red Devils’ program.
Dudzinski emailed his fellow South-West Conference coaches detailing that, after a meeting with Stratford principal Jack Dellapiano and athletic director Robert Baird, he decided to resign.
Baird confirmed the resignation Wednesday evening.
“He did a lot over all these past years. You cannot take that away from him,” Baird said. “We wish him the best.”
Baird would not comment anything that went on in the meeting due to “personnel issues.” Dudzinski did not return a phone message seeking comment.
In the letter obtained by the New Haven Register, Dudzinski stated:
“Guys it is with much regret that I send this message to you,I went to school at 3pm today to pick up something at the main office and I was pulled into the principals office with mr. Baird , during that meeting I decided It was best for me and the program for me to resign my position immediately. I wish you all the best and it breaks my heart that I will not be continuing my tenure at stratford high.”
Baird said he would meet with Dellapiano Thursday to select an interim coach. Stratford (4-10) hosts Kolbe Cathedral on Friday.
During his tenure, the Red Devils won the 2008 Class M state championship and the 2010 Class L title, the latter finishing 27-0 and second in the Register’s final Top 10 poll behind Bridgeport Central.