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.
The Winter Season in Full Swing
The Basketball and Hockey seasons are in full swing. Sticks, pucks and basketballs have replaced footballs. The Hockey season is going well. However, there are just 17 teams in Div. 1, 25 in Div. 2 and 15 in Div. 3. The CIAC has even allowed 4 schools to co-op and make 1 team. I don't know how well that bodes for hockey, but in my mind it has to be done to keep the programs going. The question though is: Should the playoff system be tampered with or tweeked to allow more teams to qualify for the State Tournament? I love the fact there are 3 State Champions but when you have only 8 or 9 teams qualifying, leaves some people questioning the system. Hockey is getting hurt because more players are leaving high school to play Junior Hockey or Prep School Hockey.
Basketball seems to be going well although I am hearing and somtimes seeing that numbers are down. It seems that more athletes are concentrating on 1 sport and playing it all year long. In basketball, AAU now takes a large chunk of athletes and some don't want t play for their high schools. That I don't understand.
But all in all, I guess the 2 sports are in decent shape. The broadcasts have been great and the games have been nail-biters and that's all I can ask. I wonder however how many teams will make the big dance in March.