He retired as an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at East Haven Middle School in December 2008, "The Coach" resides in North Branford with his wife Brenda. He has 2 sons, Matthew and his wife Debbie and their daughter Rebecca living in Old Saybrook, and Jeffrey, who lives in Wallingford with his wife Cory and sons Samuel and Nathan. The Coach received the Gold Bat Award from the West Haven Twilight League in 2005
On September 27, 2007, "The Coach" was inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club's Hall of Fame. In March of 2008, he was honored by the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors with the Distinguished Service Award - Outside the Field of Athletic Administration.
On March 13,2009, the Coach will receive the Alumni Appreciation Award from SCSU and on March 29th, he received the Chapter Merit Award from the Gene Casey/New Haven Chapter National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Football's Second Season
High School Football enters it's second season with the CIAC State Tournament. Thirty-two teams trying to win the Gold. So many times in thses playoffs, the Quarterfinal and Semifinal games are more exciting and competetive than the Championship Games.
Number 1 seeds can fall early. Let's face it - there is not much difference between the 8th seed and the 1 seed.
But in all these games, I seem to be asking the same question. Does anyone play DEFENSE anymore ? Does anyone TACKLE anymore, wrap up the runner?
The scores of not only the regular season games but even the playoffs have been mind boggling.
84-49 Are you kidding me? This was the final score in a Quarterfinal game this year.
I guess tackling has become a lost art. The Championships will be held at CCSU this year. I hope the games are close and competetive. Those kind of games make for great broadcasts.
Listen, I know it's a cliche. They say offense wins games but defense wins Championships and I firmly believe, the teams that win the Gold will have played DEFENSE, because in my mind, that cliche still holds true.
Still My Favorite Holiday
Thanksgiving is my favorite of the year. It has been my favorite one since I was a young boy. No, it's not just the great food(my Mom always made my favorite foods that day), but it's the fact that I can spend the day with my family after of course broadcasting a high school football game, getting the scores of all the games and revealing the playoff matchups.
High School Football and Thanksgiving Day go hand in hand. Years ago, it marked the end of the season. Today, Thanksgiving Day means teams trying to make the Playoffs, getting to the 2nd season.
This year, 18 teams have already qualified leaving 14 spots. Some teams control their own destiny - win and get in - while others must win and will need help from other teams.
By early Thanksgiving afternoon(we hope, the weather may have a say this year), 32 places will be filled. Their 2nd season will begin the Tuesday after with the Quarterfinals, culminating with the Championships at CCSU on Dec. 13 & Dec. 14.
Who knows what will happen when the Playoffs begin. But I will cover them all and we will all ride this train to the end.
So enjoy Thanksgiving, high school football, great food, but most important - your family and be thankful you have them. I know I will.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
High School Football - Week 10 - Big Matchups Continue
Week 10 of the High School Football Season is upon us and the big games keep coming. It is amazing that so many great games are scheduled so late in the season. Playoff implications will occur in so many games.
Darien at North Haven is probably the biggest game in the state and I get to broadcast it. Both teams are 8-1 and both fighting for playoff spots. It doesn't get much better than this.
Three teams have clinched playoff berths. That leaves 29 spots. All to be decided by the end of Thanksgiving Day.
Then begins the Second Season - the Playoffs - everyone starts 0-0.
But for Week 10, some key matchups include: St. Joseph at McMahon, Derby at Woodland, Coginchaug at North Branford, Hyde at Morgan, ND(WH) at Hand, Foran at Guilford, Shelton at West Haven, VR/Old Lyme at Old Saybrook/Westbrook and Xavier at Fairfield Prep.
Enjoy the games and let the drama unfold.
After Week 8 A New Number 1
Eight weeks completed in High School Football, and there is a new number 1 team. The New Canaan Rams have taken over the top spot from Ansonia. The Chargers had been number 1 and had defeated Watertown 41-7. But New Canaan defeated #3 St. Joseph 62-21 and I guess that swayed enough voters to change their minds about who should be number 1.
My question is - Why? Ansonia didn't lose. They had won easily eough. Yes, New Canaan had won by 41 points over a ranked team, but then again, they kept their starters in the entire game. Again I ask -Why? Did New Canaan think by beating a ranked team by a big margin, they would soar above Ansonia? I guess they were right.
I am a voter in the football poll. I have never taken down a #1 team after they've won! I vote them number 1 until they lose. And does that mean they have to win by big margins every week - of course not - teams are looking to knock hem off - and maybe they could catch them on a night when the number 1 team is not at their best. Should we drop them because of that? I hardly think so.
The day I rank teams by the number of points they win by, is the day I stop voting in the Poll. What are we encouraging by doing that?
So we head into Week 9 - more great matchups, so many big games, some with playoff implications. They include: Bristol Eastern at Farmington, McMahon at Ridgefield, Hand at West Haven, Shelton at Xavier, Foran at North Haven, Hillhouse at Guilford, Middletown at New London.
The scrambling continues for post season positions. And for now, no need to worry about the Poll, although this year, one never knows. But in the end, the only Poll that matters - is the Final Poll.
Week 7 Status Quo - Week 8 Don't Think So
Week 7 of the High School Football Season showed something unusual - status quo. There were no unusual scores and all Top 10 teams in the New Haven Register Football Poll came up winners. So for maybe one of the few times during the season, the teams remained unchanged.
But Week 8 looms, and I can tell you that changes will be forth coming. There are several key matchups around the state that will affect the Top 10 as well as the State Playoff pairings.
Some of these include: Xavier at Hand, Farmington at Middletown, Berlin at Platt, Staples at Trumbull, North Haven at Hillhouse and maybe the marquee game - #3 St. Joseph at #2 New Canaan.
It's amazing how scores become so prevelant during this time.(Although aren't they always.) Teams not only have to take care of their own business, but need to rely on other teams to help them out and that makes getting the scores more important.
Thirty two teams will make the post season, top 8 in 4 Classes. Right now I would say that at least 45, maybe more, have a shot at the post season.
Stick around, so many great games still on the schedule, and Week 8 is no exception. I promise changes after Week 8.
HS Football Week 6- A Record Broken, A Record Tied
An amazing Week 6 in High School Football. I got the opportunity to broadcast a record broken and another record tied on 2 consecutive nights.
Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia High School, became the State leader in career rushing yardage. Newsome needed 291 yards to break the record formerly held by another Ansonia running back, Alex Thomas, who went on to have a great career at Yale. Thomas was on hand to see Newsome break his record. Newsome has now rushed for over 8,300 yards and will just keep adding to his own record. I think he can rush for 10,000 yards. He is an outstanding athlete and is headed for UCONN.
The next night I covered the Xavier-West Haven game. This was one of the best games I've seen in a quite a long time. Two heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the middle of the ring. The game went into overtime and West Haven won the game 35-34. Lost in the middle of all of this was the fact that West Haven Head Coach Ed McCarthy tied the state record for career wins. It was career victory 321 and it tied him with former Ledyard coach Bill Mignault.
McCarthy can break the state record this week if he defeats Hamden.
We enter Week 7 with so many big games on the schedule. Many will have Playoff implications.
New Canaan at Staples, Seymour at Derby, VR/Old Lyme at Morgan, Hand at Shelton, Guilford at North Haven, Hillhouse at Foran, West Haven at Hamden, Ridgefield at Darien are just a few of the big games highlighting the schedule.
Week 7 - 1 record can be broken - will there be any more - we'll find out.