Watertown alumnus Luigi Velardi is taking over as his alma mater’s football coach, Kyle Brennan of the NVL Football Blog reported Thursday morning.
A former Watertown and Pomperaug assistant, Velardi coached offensive line for Mike Mannetti’s Post University sprint football team last year. He previously coached two years at Watertown and one at Post under then-coach Peter Ewald in 2010.
Before that Velardi was a member of Pomperaug’s coaching staff which won three SWC titles and played in two state championship games (winning one) during the 2000s.
Velardi, who still lives in Watertown with his wife and three children, takes over for Mike Verronneau, who was 10-28 in four seasons.
The NVL Blog noted that Velardi received a glowing recommendation from the program’s Hall of Fame organization in a letter to the editor to the region’s Town TimesNews back on March 6.
And we mean ‘glowing’:
“Luigi is such a treasure for our town. …He played here. He has coached here. …He also coached in the very successful Pomperaug High program and the terrific Post College program.
“Our club feels he has the potential to be Watertown’s version of Ansonia High School’s legendary Jack Hunt, a gentle giant respected by all who produces a competitive team and builds town and school-wide spirit.”
Watertown famously won the NVL and the Class SS state championship behind quarterback Rico Brogna in 1986. But it hasn’t been to the state playoffs since.
Connecticut football coaching vacancies (as of March 13)
- Hamden – The interim contract for Todd Dowty expired, opening the position.
- Rocky Hill – Dave Coyne retired.
- Maloney – Pierce Brennan resigned on Feb. 26 to go to Avon Old Farms.
- Newington – Roy Roberts resigned to take the head coaching job at Manchester
- Danbury – Dan Donovan resigned after four seasons.
- Bassick – Derrick Lewis took over at Law
- Weston — Joe Lato hired at Masuk