Jim Bunocore Jr. has resigned as Ledyard’s football coach to become an assistant principal at the school, The Day of New London reported Friday evening.
Buonocore was 130-56-1 and his teams reached the state playoffs eight times in 17 years as a head coach, including a 73-21 record while at Ledyard. He will remain in charge of Ledyard’s athletic department in his new role as assistant principal.
Buonocore told The Day that the program will be run by an interim coach this season.
The son of former longtime New London coach Jim Buonocore, the Jim Jr. began his head coaching career at Stonington and then Fitch in the early 2000s.
In 2008, Buonocore left Fitch for Ledyard, where he succeeded Bill Mignault, who had just won the 2007 Class M state title and retired as the all-time winningest coach in Connecticut history.
Buonocore’s Ledyard teams lived up to Mignault’s high standards.
The Colonels won 10 games or more four times, reached the state playoffs five times and played in three state championship games, although they never took home a title.
Ledyard lost to Brookfield in the 2008 Class M final, to Ansonia in the 2011 Class S final and to St. Joseph in the 2014 Class M-Small final.
Last season, Ledyard went 10-2, avenged a regular-season loss to Bacon Academy in the Class M quarterfinals. They were ousted in the semifinals by New Fairfield.
Buonocore was the New Haven Register’s State Coach of the Year while at Stonington in 2001. He also earned Coach of the Year at The Day, the Norwich Bulletin.