FOOTBALL: Lyman Hall’s Lynch won’t coach this week; school officials cite ‘personnel matter’

FOOTBALL: Lyman Hall’s Lynch won’t coach this week; school officials cite ‘personnel matter’


WALLINGFORD — Lyman Hall High School is dealing with a potential firestorm within its football program for the second time in three years.

Head coach Aidan Lynch will not be with the Trojans this Saturday when they travel to the Public Safety Academy in Enfield to play the CREC co-op.

While Wallingford school officials on Thursday would not disclose why Lynch won’t be coaching the team, they did acknowledge they are addressing a personnel matter within the football program.

“Yes, I can give you that,” said Cindy Lavalette, assistant superintendent for personnel. “I do have an issue that’s a personnel-related matter and I’m not able to discuss personnel-related matters.”

Lavalette declined to say if Lynch had been suspended. She did confirm the Trojans would be playing their 11 a.m. game as scheduled under the guidance of Lynch’s assistant coaches.

“We will be playing on Saturday and the assistant coaching staff will be there,” she said.

“We’ll have Lyman Hall coaches at the game on Saturday, I can tell you that,” said Lyman Hall athletic director Steve Baker, who declined further comment.

Lynch also declined to speak. “I’m sorry. I can’t comment.”

Citing confidentially rules, Lavalette would not say if an incident had occurred or if players had been disciplined.

She did remark, “A thorough investigation of the matter took place. As is always the case, we are constantly focused on student safety and creating a positive experience for our students. We are taking extensive measures to assure the safety and appropriate environment for all students who participate in football and any of our athletic programs.”

Two years ago, the Lyman Hall football program lost Lynch’s predecessor, Rob Marone, who was fired in the middle of the 2014 season when Lyman Hall was issued a minor fine by the CIAC after self-reporting an out-of-season practice violation. Lynch, a veteran assistant coach at the time, finished the 2014 season as interim head coach. He was officially hired head coach during the offseason.

The Lyman Hall football program has struggled since winning a division championship and qualifying for the playoffs in 2010. The Trojans won just one game last year and are 0-5 so far this season.


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