Ed McCarthy’s 32-year tenure as West Haven’s football coach came to an end Monday evening.
His resignation was made official at the West Haven Board of Education meeting Monday evening. McCarthy is the state’s all-time victories leader with 332.
“Was it bittersweet, I suppose so,” McCarthy said Monday. “Obviously, there were a lot of great memories, a lot of good things that happened. But it’s time for me to step aside. I’m confident in the future of the program,” he said.
Last August, McCarthy announced 2014 would be his final season on the sidelines. But he hadn’t filed a letter of resignation by season’s end, his final win over Fairfield Prep. McCarthy was a head coach for 44 seasons, the first 12 at St. Joseph prior to taking over at West Haven.
McCarthy, 68, has said he wanted longtime assistant Rich Boshea to succeed him. Boshea completed his 29th season with the program. McCarthy declined to comment on if his official resignation meant Boshea would become the next coach.
Back in November, Superintendent of Schools Neil Cavallaro said he would consider Boshea as a possible replacement. But he also said the process to find a replacement couldn’t begin until McCarthy handed in a resignation letter.
–SEAN PATRICK BOWLEY contributed