MIDDLETOWN >> Nick Libera is no longer the girls soccer coach at Middletown High School.
Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus said in an email that Libera “resigned” his position as a physical education teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School and also his position as girls varsity soccer coach.
Libera said he “resigned for personal reasons” but would not further elaborate on the record. The resignation from the soccer position came separately and after his resignation from the teaching position, he said.
Although Libera has been in the school system for six years — first as a para-professional for special education at Middletown High, then as a Special Education teacher at MHS, and this last school year as a physical education teacher at Wilson — he has been a teacher for fewer than the four years required to secure tenure.
Libera said he started his coaching career in Middletown as an assistant for boys soccer, took a year off, then was an assistant girls coach before becoming head girls coach three years ago.
His three-year coaching record is 45-10-2 and under Libera the girls soccer program quickly became one of the better ones in the Central Connecticut Conference, advancing to the CCC title game in 2013..
De Jesus said that the school system is accepting applications for the position — and that of assistant boys soccer coach — through Friday, May 15. Applicants must have all appropriate paperwork in Friday.
Libera is the second MHS soccer coach to abruptly leave this year. Boys soccer coach Sal Emanuele left, saying he needed time to pursue administrative certification. He was replaced by Cromwell High boys soccer coach John Harder.