Bob Maffei agreed to resign as Trumbull’s football coach yesterday after 36 seasons, the last 20 in the head position for the Eagles.
The news was first reported by Doug Bonjour of Hearst Connecticut Media.
Maffei said he had a meeting yesterday with Mike King, the school’s athletic director, as well as Trumbull principal Marc Guarino, superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi and assistant superintendent Dr. Michael McGrath.
“I was kind of forced to (resign),” Maffei said this afternoon in a phone interview. “It was mutually agreed upon to part ways. I loved every minute at Trumbull High School.”
Maffei had a record of 122-70 as head coach. The Eagles were 2-7 this year, with another win in a non-sanctioned CIAC game. Under Maffei, Trumbull won the FCIAC championship in 2005 and was the runner-up in 2010. The Eagles lost twice in state finals.
Maffei is a former player at Fairfield Warde, where he got his start as an assistant coach. He then went to Fairfield Prep and Trumbull, as an assistant to Jerry McDougall, who he ended up succeeding.
Maffei said he has no bitter feelings.
“It’s been wonderful career playing and coaching,” Maffei said. “Mike King has been great to me. We won more than we lost. It was more important to me to show class, dignity and sportsmanship. Hopefully I have been a positive role model.”
Maffei, a retired physical education teacher, said in the coming weeks he will consider his future. He said he might be willing to become an assistant coach at another school.
“Maybe coaching defensive backs,” Maffei said. “We’ll see. Football has been really good to me and I think I still have something to offer.”