T.J. Cavaliere has been named the next head coach at Stratford, the school announced Friday morning.
“This has been a job I’ve been thinking about for a long time, hoping it would become open,” Cavaliere said in a statement released by the school. “I feel like I’m coming home. I’ve enjoyed the journey to get here, but I am very much looking forward to this opportunity.”
A 2003 Fairfield University graduate and a social studies teacher at Stratford for the last eight years, Cavaliere served as the team’s offensive coordinator coach under Duane Shirden from 2004-2009. He was also was the head coach of the wrestling team and boys lacrosse team.
“We are very pleased to have T.J. running our football program,” Stratford principal Joseph Corso said in the statement. “T.J. is well respected by the student body, our athletes, and the faculty and he is no stranger to our athletic programs.”
He was in consideration for the job that ultimately went to John Svatik in 2010. Svatik resigned after going 10-31 in four seasons. Cavaliere was also a finalist for the Bunnell job that went to Doug Cotto last year.
Cavaliere, who grew up in Baldwin, N.Y. and was a receiver and safety on Fairfield University’s last football team, returns to Stratford as a coach after spending the last few years as Law’s offensive coordinator.
Cavaliere was the offensive coordinator during Stratford’s last state playoff appearance in 2006. He coached All-State backs Octavias McKoy and Torrey Mack, who helped the school reach the Class M final. Stratford lost to Holy Cross of Waterbury, 40-0.