Bassick High School’s football program has come a relatively long way from its status as a doormat in the 2000s.
The Lions broke a 62-game, six-year winless streak under Dennis Wanzie in 2007. They’ve won an average of two games a year under successor coaches Frank Marcucio, now at Westhill, and Derrick Lewis, who resigned earlier this year to take over at Law.
On Friday, Bassick hired assistant coach Mike Rodrigues, Lewis’ defensive coordinator, the Connecticut Post reported.
“I could’ve went with Derrick (Lewis),” Rodrigues told Post reporter Doug Bonjour. “I decided I wanted to … try to build a winner here.”
Bassick has made slow progress in that department. Playing in an FCIAC division that includes perennial state championship contenders like New Canaan, St. Joseph and Darien, the Lions have won a total of 11 games since 2007, never more than two until last year.
In 2013, Bassick won three games for the first time in two decades, including its first victory over city rival Bridgeport Central (34-12) since 1995.
Bassick also defeated Trinity Cathiolic (13-7) and Bullard-Havens (35-16).
Bassick was 3-8 and was outscored by opponents by an average score of 31-20.
Connecticut football coaching vacancies (as of May 9)
- Housatonic/Wamogo – Deron Bayers resigned April 8. [New]
- Woodland – Tim Shea resigned May 2.
- Bassick – Mike Rodrigues
- Conard – Matt Cersosimo
- Danbury – Mark Ecke
- Hamden – Todd Dowty
- Law — Derrick Lewis
- Maloney — Kevin Frederick
- Manchester — Roy Roberts
- Masuk — Joe Lato
- Newington — Eric Hennessy
- Pomperaug – James Reed
- Rocky Hill – Mark Fritz
- South Windsor – David Hodge
- Stratford — T.J. Cavaliere
- Watertown — Luigi Velardi
- Weston – Chris Pace