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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated Signing Day List

Below is a list of players who have decided on their college destination.

Andre Anderson Hillhouse Univ. of New Haven
Andrew Barton Ridgefield Bryant
Ben Berey Glastonbury Tufts
Brendan Bilcheck Hand Bowdoin
Tim Boyle Xavier UConn
Caleb Camacho New London Sacred Heart
Chris Devaney Newtown Bryant
Jonah Dorsey Xavier Stonehill
Quinn Fleeting Windsor Central Conn. State
James Frusciante Staples Princeton
Pete Gerson Hand Yale
Peter Gesualdi Darien Hobart
Chris Golger Fairfield Prep Tufts
Pieter Hoets Staples Trinity
Darryn Horner Hillhouse Stonehill
Andrew Isaacs Manchester Maryland
Cory Jasudowich Cheshire Academy UConn
Andrew Kalach Watertown Sacred Heart
Kevin Kearney Staples Bowdoin
Nick Kelly Staples Amherst College
Mike Lasala Wilton Washington & Lee
Marcus Little Manchester Boston College
Kris Luster Xavier Wesleyan
Andrew Matos Ansonia Rhode Island
Sean Merrill Sheehan Sacred Heart
Tom Milone Masuk UConn (baseball)
Colin Moore Avon Furman (lacrosse)
Je’Vaughn Moore Hillhouse Monmouth
Ryheime Moore Windsor AIC
Ryan Murtha Montville Sacred Heart
Tommy Myers Coventry/Windham Tech UConn
Liam O’Neil Greenwich Tufts
Darick Orange Windham Tech Central Conn. State
Cole Ormsby Windsor UConn
Lance Ormsby Windsor Central Conn. State
Brandon Robertson Montville Sacred Heart
Hector Rodriguez Berlin Dean
Patsy Romero Wilton Plymouth State
Connor Rowe Ridgefield Bryant
Max Schumann Xavier Univ. of Chicago
George Smith Holy Cross Bryant
Max Tylki Xavier Brown
Kyle Vaughn Staples Fordham
Matt Walsh Hand UConn
Hal Chapman Wingo Avon Georgetown

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Changing nature of job has led to plethora of coaching vacancies in Connecticut

Since the high school football season ended in December, a coach calling it quits has become almost a daily occurrence.

At one point, there were as many as 23 vacancies in Connecticut. Some positions have been filled, but an opening remains at Masuk, where John Murphy stepped down after winning three state titles in 15 years with the Panthers.

“In my 20 years as a head high school coach at Staples, I’ve never seen 20 openings — ever,” Marce Petroccio said. “And I’ve been coaching 31 years (overall) and I can’t recall it either. That’s a lot of openings.”

Many who decided to step down cited family obligations as the primary reason, like Branford’s Mike Tracy, a father of three, who resigned after four seasons with the Hornets.
“No one feels good to see all these job openings,” Ansonia coach Tom Brockett said. “These schools, and towns, are losing some good guys.”

But other factors, like pressure from parents and school boards and increased duties in the offseason seem to play a role when a coach decides to stay or go.

Coaching has progressively become a full-time, year-round job, often with limited support from the school and little pay.

“There are so many pressures that make it difficult to coach,” West Haven coach Ed McCarthy said. “I don’t envy the young guys starting out.”

Brockett, who has two children, including a son born just last year, says balancing a teaching job, coaching and a family has become increasingly more difficult since he took over the Ansonia program in 2006.

“You’re gone until 7:30, 8 o’clock (at night), and if you have (young) kids they’re probably already in bed,” Brockett said. “When you get home, you still have work to do. You’re going over the practice schedule, films, reporters are calling.”

John Murphy expected to be hired at New Milford

EDITED: Murphy was approved by the school's board of ed. 

John Murphy, who stepped down at Masuk after winning three state titles in 15 years, is expected to be hired at New Milford, the CT POST reports.

From the POST:

It's not official yet. Murphy's hire is pending approval by the New Milford Board of Education.

The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, said New Milford athletic director Lance Pliego, who had no comment on the possible hiring of Murphy.

On the board's agenda is a proposal to hire Murphy as the school's football coach effective Thursday.

Murphy, 45, who lives in Stratford, would also take over as the school's girls lacrosse coach, a position he held at Masuk.

Murphy, who declined comment, compiled a 158-33-1 record at Masuk, replaces Chuck Lynch, who resigned after nine seasons.

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