Roy Roberts is once again following in the footsteps of Clayton Hillyer.
Roberts, who took over for Hillyer at Newington in 2010, has resigned that post to become the next head coach at Manchester, where Hillyer had served as an interim coach in 2013.
Newington athletic director Chris Meyers confirmed the news to The Herald of New Britain in a brief story Tuesday night.
14-27 in four years 14-17 in three years at Newington, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since reaching the 2009 Class L final under Hillyer.
Roberts takes over a Manchester team that Hillyer led to a 7-4 record a year ago. Hillyer, an assistant for the previous three years, had coached the team on an interim basis after the resignation of Marco Pizzoferrato in July.
Manchester posted the job in early January.
With this and Joe Lato’s hire at Masuk, there are now five coaching vacancies in Connecticut as of Feb. 19 out of nine total:
- Hamden – The interim contract for Todd Dowty expired, opening the position.
- Pomperaug – Dave Roach resigned after three seasons
- Law – Mark Robinson resigned after 13 seasons.
- Rocky Hill – Dave Coyne retired.
- Watertown — Mike Verroneau resigned in January.
- Weston — Joe Lato hired at Masuk
It’s a far cry from the 30 vacancies Connecticut football programs had to fill last year.
Correction: Roberts only coached at Newington for three seasons, and his record has been updated.