Lyman Hall has fired Rob Marone as head football coach after it was determined his program had violated a CIAC rule prohibiting off-season coaching, according to an email Marone sent to SCC football coaches Wednesday.
Marone, a Lyman Hall graduate and grandson of former Wilbur Cross coach Horace Marone, didn’t coach in the Trojans’ 31-0 loss to Amity last week.
According to Marone’s email, he had been suspended by Lyman Hall on Oct. 1 when the CIAC ruled that he conducted an illegal offseason practice. With some exceptions — notably their children, or, at times, with as many as six players in football — coaches are not allowed to coach players while their season is not in session.
“This summer, at the conclusion of lifting one day in August, we had some footballs out and I was present,” Marone wrote in the email. “We were reported to the CIAC and at the (CIAC board of control) meeting that took place recently, we were found in violation of an out-of-season rule. I did not coach last week, while the (Wallingford) board of education worked out my consequences.
“The board of education met on Monday evening and the rest is history.”
Marone, a physical education teacher at Wilbur Cross, was 2-22 as Lyman Hall’s head coach. He concluded the email by thanking the SCC coaches for their support over the years.
“Lyman Hall has always been a very special place to me, and I’ve chased this dream of coaching at Lyman Hall since I began coaching freshman football there in 1998,” he wrote.
Marone and Lyman Hall athletic director Steve Baker did not return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday evening.
Lyman Hall is 0-4.