Finalists forwarded for city coaching posts

MERIDEN — The vacancies at the top of the Maloney football and Platt boys basketball programs are expected to be filled when the Meriden Board of Education meets next Tuesday.

While central office officials would not disclose the names of the finalists, they will be submitting their recommendations that night for formal approval.

“It’s going to go to the board on Tuesday night,” Assistant Superintendent Michael Grove said Wednesday of the Maloney football post, adding, “our hope is that the Platt basketball post will be filled that night also.”

If the appointments come to pass as expected, it will mark a fairly quick turnaround. Pierce Brennan stepped down after just one year as Maloney football coach on February 26. Two days later, on Feb. 28, Chris Hanson resigned after seven seasons as Platt basketball coach.

Brennan, a math teacher, will be leaving Maloney at the end of the school year to take a teaching and football assistant’s position at Avon Old Farms. Hanson, a physical education teacher, will remain at Platt and continue to coach boys tennis and begin helping out with the cross country program.

The Platt basketball position reportedly drew the interest of, among others, former and current assistant coaches. The Maloney football position reportedly drew the interest of, among others, Southington assistant coach Kevin Frederick.

Frederick, who played football at Platt High School and Marist College, was one of three finalists for the Maloney job last year. He is a special education teacher, with an autism focus, in Meriden’s STARS program based at Hanover School.

Another finalist from a year ago was Kevin Quinn, a history teacher at Meriden’s Washington Middle School and head football coach at Weaver High School.

According to Grove, Maloney administrators did re-conduct interviews.

“They went through the process again,” said the assistant superintendent. “They were through the process of asking people to apply and interviewing again. I don’t believe they interviewed outside candidates, but I know there were multiple candidates.”

Maloney principal Don Panciera did not return a call for comment.



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