It’s unofficial, but it looks like former Stratford championship boys basketball coach Paul Dudzinski will indeed return to coach at St. Joseph, his alma mater, two sources close to the situation told GameTimeCT reporter and schools editor Joe Morelli Tuesday.
Not official yet. But Dudzinski looks to be returning to his alma mater after 19 season at Stratford. #ctbb
— Joe Morelli (@nhrJoeMorelli) May 31, 2016
Dudzinski coached 19 years and won a pair of state titles at Stratford until he resigned suddenly, and with little explanation on February 2 following a meeting with principal Jack Dellapiano and athletic director Bob Baird.
At. St. Joseph, Dudzinski would be taking over for Chris Watts, who resigned four seasons after taking over for Vito Montelli, the program’s founder and the state’s all-time winningest coach. Watts left to coach at nearby Notre Dame-Fairfield, citing his inability to get players into St. Joseph.
Like Watts before him, Dudzinski is a St. Joseph alumnus who played for Montelli. He graduated in 1982.
During his tenure, at Stratford, 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. They are the only state boys basketball titles in the school’s history.
Dudzinski coached New Haven Register All-Staters Ron Christy, Kenny Small and Brandon Sherrod. Sherrod became nationally known for making an NCAA-record 30-consecutive field goals and leading Yale to it’s first NCAA tournament since 1962 and its first tournament victory.