Bruno to coach Naugatuck

Craig Bruno coached Bunnell High’s football team to a pair of state titles. He announced this afternoon he will be coaching at Naugatuck High next season. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

“It’s true, I’ve accepted the position to be the head football coach at Naugatuck High,” said Craig Bruno on Thursday of stepping down after 12 seasons at Bunnell High. “We met last week and they hired me last night. At the end of each season I reflect on my future,  how it effects my family, and decided to accept a new challenge.”
Bruno coached the Bulldogs to the program’s only two state titles, in 2005 and 2006, and four state playoff appearances.
“I’m meeting with my guys at Bunnell today and will get together with the players at Naugatuck tomorrow,” Bruno said.
“I have nothing but the strongest feelings for Dave Johnson (Bunnell athletic director) and the Bunnell community. It was a difficult decision, but one that I had to make at this time.
“It still almost surprises me, but I’m 44, I live minutes away from Naugatuck (in Oxford) and my two girls are getting older and I want to be there for them.
“I started thinking where I wanted to be five or 10 years from now, I knew this would be a good fit.
“This doesn’t change my love for Bunnell. I gave my heart and soul to Bunnell football and anyone who has watched me and my guys know that.”
Naugatuck is coming off a 6-4 season under interim coach Shawn Kuczenski.
When asked about what he expects at Naugatuck, Bruno said: “I know we’ll be playing Bunnell in week six and that is going to be something.
“I’ve spoken to area coaches and heard we have a good nucleus coming back at Naugy. I’m excited about the upcoming season.”

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