STAMFORD — The reshuffling continues at the Trinity Catholic High School athletic department.
Trinity Catholic Dean of Students Jack Kelly was given the added responsibilities of the athletic director’s job this week. Kelly succeeds Frank Fedak, who was athletic director the past six months under both interim and permanent AD titles.
Kelly, who has been a part of Trinity Catholic for 17 years, has an extensive background in athletics. He has been a girls basketball coach the past 20 years. Most recently, Kelly has been an assistant coach at Trumbull. The Eagles were FCIAC champs (2016-17, 2017-18) and Class LL runnersup (2017).
“This will keep me very busy. I’m excited for the new challenge and new opportunity,” Kelly said. “I want to help the athletes succeed here at Trinity Catholic. I want the kids to be excited about being student-athletes.”
Dwindling freshman enrollment the past few years has hurt the Crusaders on the athletic field.
As it stands now, Trinity Catholic is hopeful this fall to field FCIAC teams in boys soccer, girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, cheerleading and football.
With its Gaglio Field artificial turf field complete and in place the past two seasons, the future of the Crusaders’ football program is the biggest concern at this moment.
Trinity Catholic was 1-9 in 2018 and 2-8 in 2017. The Crusaders’ last great gridiron moment was a 9-2 campaign in 2015 where the Crusaders lost at Ansonia in the Class S semifinals.
Tom Broschardt will be in his first year as head coach after coach Donnie Panapada left for personal reasons following last season.
Trinity Catholic, which had tried to compete recently in the FCIAC with an overall roster of around 35 players, will be a co-op squad with Wright Tech in the upcoming 2019 season.
Trinity Catholic should receive a waiver to play its schedule in 2019 as a co-op. However, if it remains a co-op in 2020, TC will need to pursue an independent schedule.
“A co-op football team with Wright Tech is a go,” Kelly said. “Football is an important part of high school life. If we can get to a combined total of 60 players, that would be a wonderful goal. But at this point in the process we have a lot of foundation building and communication still to do.”
It will be an interesting summer and challenging fall for Trinity Catholic athletics.
“My tenure as Dean of Students means the kids here know me,” Kelly said. “I will be a very visible athletic director. Everyone at Trinity Catholic wants to get going and succeed.”