MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier High School football coach Sean Marinan has resigned, both from his coaching position and from his social studies teaching position at the high school.
Xavier Athletic Director Tony Jaskot made that official in a phone call to The Press Monday morning, saying that Marinan submitted his letter of resignation to the school.
“I have no more details than that,” said Jaskot.
Marinan did not coach his team’s game at Cheshire this season, with the school announcing that Marinan was not there “for personal reasons.” Jaskot would not comment further in his conversation with The Press Monday, simply repeating he did not coach that game for personal reasons.
Marinan has been the head coach at Xavier for 15 seasons and has won five state championships, the latest in 2014 when the Falcons beat Shelton in overtime. Xavier finished this year 6-4. Marinan’s career record at Xavier is 121-47-1.
“This has been building for a long time,” Marinan said. “The reason I left the teaching job is I taught so I could coach football. It’s fair to say that I did not get fair support from the administration but the decisions to resign both positions are mine.”
Marinan’s teams finished No. 1 in the New Haven Register Top 10 football three times, in 2005 and back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. He was the New Haven Register and the New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2011. He was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in 2015.
“Coach Marinan’s record speaks for itself,” Jaskot added. “What he accomplished as a coach and teacher here at Xavier was truly special.”
A 1980 Xavier graduate, Marinan and played for its longtime coach Larry McHugh. He attended Princeton and began his coaching career as a youth football coach in Cromwell. In 1993, he joined Xavier’s staff as a freshman assistant and moved up to the varsity staff in 1995.
He was the team’s defensive coordinator when he was hired as the school’s head coach in 2002. Under his direction, Xavier won the school’s first state championship — over Southington in the 2005 Class LL final. In 2010, the year after a narrow Class LL semifinal loss to Staples, Xavier began an unprecedented run of success.
Starting with a 21-15 victory over then No. 1 Notre Dame-WH in the 2010 season opener, the program won 31-consecutive games and won a record three-consecuctive Class LL championships, over Trumbull in 2010, Staples in 2011 and Norwich Free Academy in 2012.
Xavier’s win streak was famously ended in the middle of the 2012 season with a 40-20 loss to Steve Filippone’s eventual Class L champion Hand team at Palmer Field, but Xavier rallied to win the Class LL title that season.
In 2014, Xavier finished the regular-season early and waited two weeks before learning they would participate in the Class LL-Small playoffs. Xavier defeated Newtown and then Shelton 28-27 in overtime to win his fifth state title.
Marinan was 13-1 in the state playoffs, including 11-straight postseason victories between 2010-2012 and 2014.
“Like Larry McHugh did here in the 1960s and 70s, Marinan put Xavier football on the map again in the state of Connecticut,” Jaskot said. “Sean’s work ethic was amazing. He worked seven days a week and 24 hours a day at Xavier. No one put more time here in the history of this building.”
Marinan coached approximately 40 All-State players at Xavier, including New Haven Register State Player of the Year RB Amari Spievey (2005), LB Chevar Rankins (2005), RB Julian Hayes (2009), LB Graham Stewart (2010), TE Ryan Murphy (2011), QB Tim Boyle (2012), OL Kevin Lawrence (2015) and his sons, DL Sean Marinan Jr. (2011) and DL Paul Marinan (2014). Sean Marinan Jr. recently wrapped up a career at UConn.
Xavier under Sean Marinan
2005: 12-0 – Class LL champions
2009: 9-2 – Class LL semifinals
2010: 13-0 – Class LL champions
2011: 13-0 – Class LL champions
2012: 12-1 – Class LL champions
2014: 9-3 – Class LL-Small Champions
Sean Patrick Bowley and Jimmy Zanor contributed to this story.