The search for a new coach for the New Fairfield/Immaculate boys hockey team has turned up a familiar face.
Mike Bonelli — who coached the Immaculate High boys team for seven seasons, from the 2002-03 season to 2008-09, prior to the formation of the co-op — is set to be introduced as NFI’s coach at a gathering with the players and their families at the Danbury Arena on Thursday, according to the coaches’ search committee.
Bonelli, a 1988 Immaculate graduate, was a four-year starter on a team that won four consecutive conference championships, as well as the 1986 Division II state title. He posted a 75-66 in seven seasons as the Mustangs’ coach, which included a run to the 2007 Division II state championship.
Prior to coaching at Immaculate, Bonelli coached for three seasons at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. After leaving Immaculate, he hooked on as the coach at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Bonelli will take over for Larry Vieira, who coached NFI the last six seasons and was named the head coach at Notre Dame of West Haven in September.