Mark Ecke’s move to Danbury hasn’t been the only high school football coaching hire over the last few weeks.
Just a days earlier, South Windsor announced the hire of offensive coordinator and former Weaver coach David Hodge and Maloney of Meriden hired 28-year old Southington assistant Kevin Frederick, a graduate of arch-rival Platt.
A week before, Weston announced the hire of Chris Pace as its next head coach.
Update: Rocky Hill also hired 2006 graduate Mark Fritz to take over for David Coyne, who started the program in 2000 and retired after last season.
Fritz played as a running back and linebacker for Coyne in the early years of the football program. He went on to play at Central Connecticut State.
Hodge, a Newtown and Montville native who played at Central Connecticut State, coached Weaver to a pair of state football championships in 1996 and 1997. He founded Sports Medical Sciences Academy of Hartford’s football team during a stint as the magnet school’s athletic director.
He had been a South Windsor assistant coach for the past six years, as well as the president of the town’s youth football organization.
Pace, a Springfield College graduate and the brother of Wolcott head coach Jason Pace, was hired from East Harlem (N.Y.), where he still teaches. He coached East Harlem to a 7-3 record last year.
“I’m extremely excited about this job,” Pace told the Norwalk Hour. “I can’t play anymore, so this is the next best thing. We have beautiful facilities here. I came from nine years of challenges in facilities. The challenge here will be how to use it all. It’s an honor and a blessing to use it all the best way I can.”
Meanwhile, Frederick comes to Maloney from Southington where he coached the 2013 Class LL champions under his friend and former Marist teammate Mike Drury. Frederick was a three-sport athlete at Platt where he graduated in 2003.
“Being a Platt Panther always meant a lot to me. It’s always deep in my heart, but there comes a point when you have to follow your heart,” Frederick told the Record-Journal of Meriden. “I’m a Maloney guy. I’m going to bleed the green and white.”
Connecticut football coaching vacancies (as of April 7)
- Hamden – The interim contract for Todd Dowty expired, opening the position.
Rocky Hill – Dave Coyne retired.
- Newington – Roy Roberts resigned to take the head coaching job at Manchester
- Bassick – Derrick Lewis took over at Law.