Jason Bakoulis, a Norwich Free Academy alumnus and defensive coordinator, has been promoted to take over as the school’s next football coach, it was announced Wednesday.
Bakoulis played multiple positions as NFA and graduated in 2004. He went on to play defensive end at Springfield College and returned to NFA immediately as an assistant coach. Bakoulis was hired as a physical education teacher there in 2012.
Bakoulis has spent the last four seasons as NFA’s defensive coordinator. He takes over for Jemal Davis, who resigned last week after nine years as head coach. “I am absolutely, 100 percent thrilled to be the NFA’s next varsity football coach and to be part of NFA’s legacy of athletic and football excellence,” Bakoulis said in a statement provided by NFA. This is his first head coaching job.
“Jason Bakoulis has the commitment, direction and leadership to continue the growth and success of the NFA Football Program,” NFA athletic director Eric Swallow said in the statement.
“The NFA athletic program and community are fortunate to have such a high caliber coach of character and integrity. I look forward to working with Coach Bakoulis in his new role as head football coach at NFA.”