COACHING: Native son Redican steps down from baseball, soccer posts at Platt

COACHING: Native son Redican steps down from baseball, soccer posts at Platt

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MERIDEN — Tim Redican was a coach for all seasons. He put in 35 of them over the span of a career that dates back to 2003.

Most recently, the Platt mathematics teacher headed the varsity boys soccer and baseball programs at Platt. This week, the 39-year-old Redican stepped down from both posts to spend more time with his wife Katie and their children Logan, 5, and Cece, 3.

“I have mixed emotions,” Redican said. “I love coaching, and I love baseball and soccer.

“I wanted to stay on for the baseball guys, but I felt this was a good time. This was the right choice for me in this time of my life. I don’t have the time I need to put in for these programs. I wanted to do a certain set of things that I don’t have time to juggle right now. I’m happy to have more time spend with my wife and kids, and even myself.”

Redican, who lives in Cheshire, is a 1999 Maloney grad. He played three core sports for the Spartans: three years of soccer, four years of baseball, three years of basketball. He was also the kicker for the Spartans’ football team as a senior.

He went on to become a record-breaking kicker at Sacred Heart University, signing off as the school leader in career field goals and points. He was a part of the memorable 2001 squad that went unbeaten and won the Division I-AA Mid-Major national championship.

Following his playing career, he immediately turned to coaching, a craft that was in his blood. His father Dennis coached three different sports — soccer, baseball and basketball — on various levels, including at each of the city's three high schools, over the span of three decades.

In Platt baseball, Dennis Redican was an assistant under Jim Frederick for 18 years. Tim Redican, in 2012, at age 31, took over the job after Frederick retired.

Just out of college, Tim Redican’s first coaching gig was in the fall of 2003 as a JV boys soccer assistant. He also assisted four years with Platt softball and three with Platt boys basketball before taking a teaching position in Jacksonville, Florida for three years.

Redican came back to Platt in 2010. Upon his return, he logged two years as a Platt girls soccer assistant and four as an assistant for Platt boys basketball. He also did another year with Platt baseball as an assistant and two with Maloney baseball under his father-in-law, Howie Hewitt.

As a head coach, Redican logged eight seasons with Platt baseball and seven with Platt soccer. His baseball teams went to the state tournament five times and, in 2018, the Panthers won their league title.

“It’s been fun,” Redican said. “We had some good times and some bad. I look back to where I was straight out of college. I’ve learned so much since then. I have regrets, but I’ve had some good moments, too.”

Redican said Wednesday’s 1-0 soccer win over Bulkeley was a nice way to go out. The game went to penalty kicks and Derek Campoverde provided the clincher in the 10th round. Fellow seniors Michael Urban, Elian Nava and Jason Betun also converted PKs in Redican’s swan song.

“That was a great way to end things,” Redican said. “To see a moment like that, and every senior made a goal in PK, it was special.”

In baseball, Redican credited his father as well as Platt Athletic Director Rich Katz as major influences. He said he also learned from Hewitt.

“When I started, I didn't have much experience,” Redican said. “I learned a lot under Howie, Coach Katz and my dad. I give them a lot of credit.”

Redican also said he credits having great assistants during his tenure on both teams. Tom Moore was his assistant for soccer and Michael Dean for baseball.

Will Redican ever return to coaching? He said probably not again as a head coach.

“Being in athletic administration has crossed my mind,” Redican said. “I’m going to keep my options open, but I’m taking a couple of years to be spend with my family.”

Katz said he’s known about Redican stepping down for about two months. 

“He’s a wonderful person and respected by everyone — peers and athletes,” Katz said. “He’s a true professional. He also did little special things for the kids, including Florida trips in baseball and taking baseball and soccer players to college games to give them a feels for what it’s like to play at another level.”

Katz mentioned that Redican visited his baseball players last spring, when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Redican delivered Platt baseball garb to each house.

“He’s been a great service to the athletic department,” Katz said. “He’s done everything asked of him and will be sorely missed. You can’t be a more likeable individual.”

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