MIDDLETOWN >> Xavier High School football coach Sean Marinan was asked to resign by the Xavier High School administration, the Middletown Press and GameTimeCT has learned.
A source, with longtime connections to Marinan, the football program and Xavier High School, said Marinan was asked to resign at the conclusion of the regular season. An additional source confirmed Marinan was asked to resign.
The reasons for the action are not fully clear, but sources said there had been complaints from some parents and that Marinan was suspended from coaching the Cheshire game for disciplinary reasons, allegedly on the basis of a complaint from a player’s parent.
Marinan told GameTimeCT and The Press Monday the “decision to resign was mine,” but sources said he had no real choice.
Marinan was not asked to resign his social studies teaching position, but Marinan said he made that decision on his own, adding, “I taught so I could coach football.”
Apparently, the decision to resign the teaching position came as a surprise to Xavier High’s administration.
Marinan said that the decision to resign the football job was a “long time coming” and sources say that relationships between Marinan and the school administration had become increasingly strained in recent years. Sources also say Xavier Athletic Director Anthony Jaskot had been supportive of Marinan.
On Monday, Jaskot said that he “had no other details” beyond the letter of resignation. The school staff was informed of Marinan’s resignation by internal email, said guidance director and former basketball and baseball coach Richard Magner, who said he had no other information about the decision.
Jaskot was asked Monday about Marinan’s absence from the Cheshire game, but beyond saying “personal reasons” — which was the reason given by the school at the time — he said he could not comment further on that or the resignations.
Later on Monday, Jaskot told Middletown Press Sports Editor Jimmy Zanor that Marinan’s record “speaks for itself” and that “what he accomplished as a coach and teacher here at Xavier was truly special.”
“Like Larry McHugh did here in the 1960s and 1970s, Marinan put Xavier football on the map again in the state of Connecticut,” Jaskot continued. “Sean’s work ethic was amazing. He worked seven days a week, 24 hours a day at Xavier. No one put more time here in the history of this building.”
Marinan won four Class LL titles and one Class LL-Small title in his 15 years at the Catholic high school. He won the school’s first-ever CIAC title in 2005. The Falcons lost title games to Fairfield Prep and Naugatuck in two previous title game appearances under Larry McHugh.
Xavier’s undefeated 1974 team under McHugh was widely regarded as the state’s best team, but that was two years before the playoff system was instituted and came before the CIAC awarded state championships in football.
Under Marinan, Xavier won 11 consecutive playoff games in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons and Marinan was 13-1 in playoff games, losing only to Staples in 2009. The last title came in 2014, a year which the CIAC created a one-year only eight state championship playoff system, including large and small in each classification .
Xavier made the playoffs and pulled off two upsets over Newtown and Shelton (in overtime) to win LL-Small crown in its last playoff appearance in 2014. Xavier did not make the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 with 6-4 records.
Jimmy Zanor and Sean Patrick Bowley contributed to this report