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Cersosimo Retires as Football Coach at Conard High

West Hartford football coach steps down after 30 years, according to the Hartford Courant.

Rob Cersosimo (center) has stepped down as head coach of the Conard High football team. Photo credit: Shirley Redman
Rob Cersosimo (center) has stepped down as head coach of the Conard High football team. Photo credit: Shirley Redman

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.
Harry Bellucci December 17, 2013 at 08:42 PM
A true role model and gentlemen. I have known Coach C for many years and as a head football coach I've had learned so much observing and talking to Coach C. I am forever grateful for his friendship. Harry Bellucci Head Football Coach Hartford Public High School
Rocco Sanzo December 18, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Great Man. As a DT on Coach C's inaugural season (84/85) I officially feel old! Has that much time really passed! Coach C was easily my favorite Coach of all time. One major Take-away - among MANY others - the huddle/end of practice/pre-game break-off, "God, give us the strength, give us the power, give us the will..." I repeat to this day. Best wishes Coach C in retirement (something tells me he's not really going to retire :) You were (and are) a role model to me and many many other young men!
Tisa Delaney Pearce December 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Rocco, I second everything you said - my only wish was that Coach C was one of my coaches! He had that magic touch that made all of us want to work for him. Congrats Coach C on your retirement - all the accolades are well-deserved. You made an impact on so many of our lives - even if we weren't directly coached by you.

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