Jonathan Hernandez, the former UConn quarterback who returned to Connecticut and took over as head football coach as Ledyard during the height of his younger brother Aaron’s second murder trial last year, has resigned after one season.
Hernandez resigned for personal reasons, according to athletic director Jim Buonocore in a brief statement. Hernandez coached the team to a 2-8 record, which was hampered by the loss of senior quarterback Max Ebdon to injury.
Ledyard won Hernandez’s first game, 49-37 over Windham, but only won one more: a 43-0 win over Bassick in mid-October.
The job vacancy was posted on the CIAC’s website on Monday morning.
“Jonathan worked hard over the last year in his role as head football coach,” Buonocore said in his statement. “We are sad to see him leave us but we understand that family and personal obligations come first.
“We appreciate his efforts during his time spent with us and wish Jonathan and his family the best in the future.”
Prior to his stop in Ledyard, Jonathan Hernandez, who’d gone by “D.J.” for most of his life growing up in Bristol, had left a college coaching career to begin a roofing business in Texas. He’d spent one year as the head coach at Southington in 2010.
Hernandez accepted the Ledyard job in January 2017, just four months before Aaron committed suicide in prison following his acquittal of the 2012 double slaying of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Aaron Hernandez, a former New Haven Register state player of the year and star tight end for the New England Patriots, was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, a conviction which was vacated per Massachusetts law upon his death.