FOOTBALL: Trojans lose their piece of the ’Rauch as Weyrauch steps down at Lyman Hall

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WALLINGFORD — Bill Weyrauch has stepped down from his post as head coach of the Lyman Hall football program to spend more time with his family.

The LH math teacher and Cheshire resident, who was at the helm of the Trojans for five years, recently informed his team that he will not be returning in 2022. He said his players were shocked upon hearing the news.

“It was difficult telling the players the other day that I was leaving,” Weyrauch said Wednesday. “We usually take a month off and then go right back to work again.”

Weyrauch’s last game was the 28-9 Thanksgiving loss to Sheehan in the Carini Bowl.

The 2021 Trojans finished 2-8. It was the first losing season in Weyrauch’s tenure. The team went 5-5 in each of his first three seasons in 2017, 2018 and 2019. (Connecticut high school football wasn’t played in 2020.)

While Weyrauch’s overall record of 17-23 may seem average, Weyrauch brought the Lyman Hall football program back to respectability after the Trojans went a combined 5-47 from 2012 to 2016 following Chip McKeehan’s departure in 2011.

Weyrauch, who had been an assistant for McKeehan, was not involved in the program during those five season. He was hired head post in January 2017.

“I enjoyed it; I had great support from the AD and the principal. They’ve supported me through the five years,” Weyrauch said. “It was a great experience to be able to work with the (players). I enjoyed it and I will miss it.

“I’m hoping Lyman Hall gets a good coach in here and will move the program forward,” Weyrauch added. “Whoever is taking over has a lot of good players coming back.”

Weyrauch was a good player in his day. He grew up in New Jersey and played high school ball at Hunterdon Central and then at Fordham University, where he was a linebacker and saw time at defensive end before graduating in 1990.

He earned a degree in finance and worked in that field before eventually turning to teaching.

Weyrauch arrived at Lyman Hall in 2000 as a math teacher. A year later, he joined LH football as an assistant under McKeehan.

During his decade with McKeehan, Weyrauch held various posts, including linebackers coach and running backs coach. He spent the last four years of his 10-season tenure as the co-offensive coordinator.

Following the 2011 season, Weyrauch stepped away from coaching to watch his two sons, Billy and Brian, play for Cheshire High School. Both had graduated by the time he was approved for the head coaching job at LH in January 2017.

“I’m very happy I took the job. It was one of the best things I’ve done in my life,” Weyrauch said. “I was happy with the 10 years with Coach McKeehan. I was happy coaching my sons in the junior level in Cheshire. But the time has come for me to do some other things.”

Weyrauch’s family is growing. A third grandchild on the way.

“I came to a realization that I thought it was time,” Weyrauch said. “I actually made my decision prior to the season starting. I knew I had a lot on my plate with family commitments and I want to be fair to the kids on the football team. I thought it would difficult for me to carry on as head coach because of the time commitment.”

Weyrauch told Lyman Hall Athletic Director Steve Baker the news of his departure on Monday.

“It was a disappointing day because he’s done such an amazing job,” Baker said. “I haven’t heard one bad thing said about him, and whoever replaces him has big shoes to fill.”

Baker said the job will be posted shortly and interviews will take place just after the new year so that a coach is in place as soon as possible.

“I can’t say enough about Bill,” Baker said. “You can’t just look at wins and losses. He cares about the kids. He does a lot behind the scenes and is very supportive. He was always preparing and comes up with different scenes on the field and the kids are really bummed he’s leaving.”

Baker added that Weyrauch was a positive to the Lyman Hall football culture and steered the program in the right direction.

“He left us in a good spot,” Baker said. “Look at the effort against Sheehan. A couple of plays here and there it could have been a different result. You never saw any quit in those kids. The kids gave an effort, and as a high school coach that’s all you can ask.”

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