After 30 years, Conard High football head coach Rob Cersosimo announced his retirement in an e-mail Monday, the Hartford Courant reported.
Cersosimo took over the head coaching position from his father-in-law Bob McKee, for whom the Conard High stadium is named.
Cersosimo was one of the winningest football coaches in Connecticut history, holding a lifetime record 186-118-3. He was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.
He announced his decision to retire as head football coach to his players before the Mayor’s Cup football game between Hall and Conard in November, according to several sources.
As Ronni Newton reported, “Coach "C" was also the head coach of the wrestling team (1986-88; 1996-2001) and the boys tennis team (1973-76; 1981-87; 1990-91). In 2011, he teamed up with his daughter-in-law Megan, the head girls lacrosse coach, to coach the freshman girls lacrosse team.”
Cersosimo was honored in January with the Distinguished American Award by the National Football Foundation’s Northern Chapter. The Distinguished American Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the U.S.
No announcement has been made concerning Cersosimo’s successor, though his son Matt, a former UConn assistant football coach, was Conard’s offensive coordinator in 2013.Portions of this article were reported and written by Ronni Newton.