Sue Bavone, Tom Brockett named Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Coaches of the Year.
SUE BAVONE, TOM BROCKETT NAMED CONNECTICUT SPORTS WRITERS' ALLIANCE COACHES OF THE YEAR
Recipients to be honored at 73rd Key Dinner April 27
Sue Bavone, who guided the Cheshire girls volleyball team to a perfect 27-0 record this past fall, culminating with her fourth state championship, and Tom Brockett, who won a fourth state title with the Ansonia football program while going unbeaten and securing the No. 1 state ranking for the second year in a row, have been selected as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.
Bavone, who was named Coach of the Year in a female sport, and Brockett, the Coach of the Year recipient in a male sport, will be honored at the 73rd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
This year’s Gold Key winners are West Haven High School head football coach Ed McCarthy, UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid, Branford High School field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk, former Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, and one-time New Britain Rock Cats President and General Manager Bill Dowling.
The remaining award winners will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘Coach of the Year’ awards are nothing new to Cheshire volleyball coach Sue Bavone. The New Haven Register has cited her seven times, including twice in 2012 when she was honored for both the girls and boys programs. She was also named coach of the year by the Franciscan Life Center in 1999, the Olympia Club of Waterbury in 2001 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association in 2003.
Bavone has compiled a 20-year record of 403-78, further decorated by seven trips to state finals, four of which have resulted in titles (1997, 1998, 2007, 2013). She has accrued 10 SCC championships and 12 Housatonic Division crowns.
Only two of her teams have finished with fewer than 19 wins, and her 2013 team lost just seven games in best-of-five matches. She has guided 20 All-Staters and 37 of her protégés have gone on to play in college.
Tom Brockett has been a part of the Ansonia football coaching staff for the past 14 seasons, the first six as an assistant before before being elevated to head coach in 2006, succeeding the late Jack Hunt. In his eight years, Brockett has led the Chargers to five state titles, four in Class S and one in Class M.
Brockett’s 2014 Ansonia team went 15-0, the first time in state history and football team won 15 games in a season. In addition, he became the third coach in Connecticut high school football history to lead a program to back to back No. 1 rankings in the final state poll. It also marked the Chargers’ third straight unbeaten season and fifth overall under Brockett.
Ansonia has currently won 43 consecutive games and hasn’t lost since the 2010 Class S state championship game.
In addition to the Class S crown, Brockett's 2014 club captured the Naugatuck Valley League championship (his sixth as head coach) and was named recipient of the prestigious Joseph W. Kelly Award by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Brockett has compiled an overall record of 104-7 for a winning percentage of .936, the highest winning percentage among the 13 head coaches in the 114-year history of the program.
Tickets to the 2014 Gold Key Dinner, which begins at 4 p.m., can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at (203) 434-2320 or Bob Ehalt of The New Haven Register at Ehalt.Bob@sbcglobal.net