Three months after guiding the Norwalk girls basketball team to an unbeaten season and the CIAC Class LL championship in a thrilling 55-53 win over New London, head coach Ricky Fuller has resigned.
Fuller has also resigned his teaching position as an English teacher in the Norwalk Public Schools as of the end of the school year.
Fuller was named the GametimeCT girls basketball coach of the year after the Bears’ undefeated campaign this past winter.
Norwalk athletic director Doug Marchetti said the decision to leave was Fuller’s and he was not forced by the administration or as a result of parental pressure, but he could not get into specifics of Fuller’s departure saying it was personnel matter.
“Ricky has resigned his position with the Norwalk public schools,” Marchetti said. “Ricky had a great run, did a great job with the girls basketball program and we wish him well in the future. He always worked hard and got the most out of his players.”
Fuller has not been reached for comment.
After being an assistant coach at Norwalk, Fuller took over the head coaching position 15 years ago, replacing Fred English.
Fuller was an assistant coach on the Norwalk team which was unbeaten in 2000. The Bears won FCIAC titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
“Twenty-eight and oh. I was lucky enough to be a part of the last 28-0 as an assistant coach. Now here, this team could not beat that team, but this team is very special,” Fuller said back in March. “It is very difficult to have the target on your back all year and still win a state championship. I have to give all the credit to them.”
This past season, Fuller won his first FCIAC and state title as a head coach.
In his final three seasons, Norwalk went 64-4 under Fuller.
Fuller’s father, Rick Fuller Sr., was a community organizer and leader who served as the head of the George Washington Carver Center for close to 35 years, and also sat on the Norwalk Board of Education for nearly 25 years.