Saying it was a mutual decision between he and the school, John Savatik resigned at Stratford after four seasons.
Svatik, who took over in 2010, had a 10-31 record at Stratford, never winning more than three games in a season. After the Red Devils wrapped up a 3-8 season with a 12-10 loss to rival Bunnell on Thanksgiving, Svatik said he met with school principal Joseph Corso and decided to part ways.
He informed the team of the decision at school on Wednesday.
“It was kind of a mutual thing,” Svatik said. “I like to tell my kids to not have any regrets after you finish playing. I don’t have any regrets. But the biggest thing is we just didn’t win enough games.”
It wasn’t for a lack of trying, Svatik said. In his four years, he estimated his teams lost eight games by a touchdown or less. “And some of those games were lost probably within the last four minutes,” he said. “Our kids worked hard and they played hard. I just wish we’d won more games. I wasn’t happy with myself for not winning more games.
“I really want to see those (Stratford) kids win. They work hard. They deserve to win.”
The 59-year old coach, who is a teacher at Bunnell and coaches golf at Stratford, says he has plans to continue coaching somewhere.
“I’ll coach until I die,” said Svatik, whose previous stops as a coach had been at Sacred Heart University, New Haven and at Wesleyan. “I’m going to coach somewhere. I can’t see myself not coaching. I don’t care if I’m a position coach or what. I just want to be somewhere on a field coaching kids.”