A Connecticut high school football team will forfeit its final two games because its coach and his assistants resigned just days before the end of the season.
Nick D'Angelo was the football coach for Coginchaug High School in Durham. D'Angelo signed on to coach the Blue Devils team in January.
This week, he resigned over allegations made by parents and some players to school administrators. The school began an investigation into allegations and other coaches resigned in protest.
With three wins and five losses under their belts including this football game two weeks ago against Valley Regional in Old Lyme, the Coginchaug High Blue Devils are without head coach. After D'Angelo’s resignation, his assistants followed him.
Their game plan to resign was a protest against dissatisfied players and parents. The claim is the coach reprimanded a player, allegedly cursing at him following last Friday’s 21-6 loss to Stafford/Somers/East Windsor.
"I understand what he's saying, but it’s almost like biting his nose to spite his face,” Jodi Rempe, of Durham, said. “Because to resign over saying shut-up! Or something similar to that doesn't make sense to me."
“As a former educator myself and a coach, there have been times, yea I get frustrated,” Durham parent Chad Minervini said. “I coached hockey and lacrosse .I may have cursed not at one of my players, but you get upset you just have to handle it correctly."
Eyewitness News spoke to D'Angelo on the phone on Friday. He said he was out of town and unavailable to talk about the subject. And his assistants weren't available either.
But in a statement, school Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Veronesi wrote the investigation is on-going and our focus is on our athletes and determining if we can complete this season with certified and qualified coaching staff and assure that our athletes' safety and reputation is protected.
"I feel very sad for him,” retired teacher Barbara Kiesel said. “I do think he did the right decision instead of being fired."
The Blue Devils were scheduled to play Granby Memorial on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Gilbert-Northwestern Regional on Thanksgiving. But, it appears at this hour, they will forfeit the games.
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