Joe Grippo’s long and decorated volleyball coaching career at Morgan has come to an end.
Grippo resigned Tuesday as the Huskies’ girls volleyball and girls basketball coach. Grippo, 61, became the basketball coach in 1982 and, a year later, began his tenure with the volleyball team. He’s the only coach in state history with 600 career wins in two girls sports. Grippo retired as a math teacher at Morgan three years ago, when the current seniors were freshmen.
“I just felt it was the right time to leave Morgan,” Grippo said Wednesday. “I don’t feel as connected to the school as I used to.”
A new high school on Route 81, north of the current Morgan location and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center, is expected to open this fall.
“The new school is definitely a necessity in the town of Clinton,” Grippo said. “But, all the years I coached I spent in that gym. All of my memories are in that gym. It was a place that was my second home for a number of years. There are a lot of fond memories, both in the classroom and in the gym, at that place.”
In volleyball, Grippo guided Morgan to 12 state titles in 19 championship game appearances. His teams won seven Class S titles in a row from 1992-1998. In addition, the Huskies won every Shoreline Conference title from 1992-2013.
On the basketball court, Grippo led Morgan to the Class M title in 1996 and 2000. Under Grippo, the Huskies won seven Shoreline Conference championships.
Grippo, who grew up and still lives in New London, has not ruled out a return to coaching in the future, although he said nothing is imminent.
“I still have the urge to coach, and I still know I’m good at it,” Grippo said. “If a place opened up, especially closer to New London, I would do it. I still have it in my blood. I’ll still like to do it.”