After four years and two state playoff appearances, Sean Mignone has resigned as Bunnell’s head coach, he announced in an email Wednesday, citing family reasons, “nothing more.”
Overall, Mignone leaves with a 33-14 record, including a five-game stint as interim coach in 2014. His two playoff appearances in 2016 and 2018 were Bunnell’s first since winning back-to-back state titles from 2006-07.
A teacher at the school, Mignone was an assistant when he took over on an interim basis in 2014 while then-coach Doug Cotto was suspended and then fired at midseason.
Mignone coached the Bulldogs to 4-1 finish that season and was elevated to head coach in 2015.
Over the next four years, Mignone quickly brought stability and playoff berths back to Stratford’s North End.
Despite a 4-6 finish in 2015, Bunnell won no less than eight games over the next three seasons under Mignone
In 2016, Bunnell went 8-2 and reached the Class M quarterfinals, where they lost to Killingly, 27-7, on the road.
The following year, the Bulldogs duplicated that success with another 8-2 season. But having been bumped up to Class L, they were edged out of a playoff spot by 8-2 North Haven and 8-2 New Canaan.
Bulldogs rallied last season, going 9-1 and, this time earning a spot in Class L. But as the No. 8 seed, they lost to eventual champion Hand at the Surf Club.
The nine-win season was Bunnell’s best since a 9-2 mark under Craig Bruno in 2008.