In not-shocking news, Berlin superintendent David Erwin has suspended coach John Capodice for the remainder of the season, which will conclude Friday night at New Britain, the Hartford Courant and New Britain Herald reported Thursday, citing a press release from the superintendent’s office.
From the press release:
The Berlin School District is in receipt of the ruling by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Board of Control, dated November 18, 2015, concerning the Berlin football program. Among the sanctions imposed, is that certain identified athletes on the football team have been determined to be ineligible to participate in athletic competition while at Berlin High School. In light of the report, John Capodice has been suspended in his capacity as head football coach and, similarly, is also ineligible to participate in the final football game this season. From this point forward, the team will be coached by assistant coach Rob Levesque.
Berlin forfeited seven victories and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine by the CIAC for the use of four ineligible players.
Capodice, who is a physical education teacher at the school, has coached at Berlin since 2004 and has a 98-39 record following Wednesday night’s forfeits. Berlin was 7-2 and was in the running for a state playoff spot before the CIAC came down with the penalties.
Capodice’s attorney, Viral Keshwala of Madison, told the Courant he and his client are exploring further legal options going forward.