MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier High moved quickly to name assistant coach Andy Guyon Tuesday as the school’s new football coach. Guyon’s appointment comes two weeks after the requested resignation of 15-year veteran coach Sean Marinan Nov. 28.
In a press release from Lauren Stoto, the school’s Assistant Director for Marketing, Communications and Events, the school’s Headmaster, Br. Brian Davis said, “Mr. Guyon is well known and respected by our players and their parents. I am confident he will preserve and enhance Xavier’s football legacy.”
Guyon has been the defensive coordinator under Marinan since 2009 and was introduced to the team as head coach on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Guyon, 42, is a resident of Cromwell who also served as special teams coordinator under Marinan.
Guyon, a native of Newington, is an alumnus of Sacred Heart University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He earned his Masters Degree from Quinnipiac University in 1998.
The press release said that Guyon has served in many football coaching capacities, beginning as an assistant at Bristol Central High School. He also was an assistant at Sacred Heart University, then served as an assistant at Avon High, Derby High and Southington High before serving a three year stint as head coach at Sheehan High in Wallingford from 2003 to 2005.
The release quoted Guyon as saying, “I am excited about the direction the Xavier football program is headed. We’re moving forward and looking to a bright future.”
Jaskot was quoted in the release as saying, “There is nothing impossible when it comes to Xavier football.”
Marinan won five state titles as the Falcons’ head coach and was 13-1 in Class LL postseason games. Marinan said that his resignation was a “long time coming,” and sources said the Xavier administration asked for his resignation this fall.
Marinan, a Xavier and Princeton University alumnus, resigned his social studies teaching position at the school the same time he resigned the football job.
Xavier’s last state title was the Class LL-Small title won in 2014 when the CIAC shortened the playoff schedule to two games and doubled the number of classes so there were eight state champions in that one season.
Xavier edged Newtown, then defeated Shelton in overtime at West Haven, to win the school’s fifth title. Marinan is the school’s only coach to a have won titles on the field since the playoff system was established in 1976.
Xavier finished out of the playoffs in the last two seasons with back-to-back 6-4 records.