Marce Petroccio — one of the most successful coaches in Connecticut football history — made history today.
In a somber meeting, he told his Staples football team that he’s leaving. His new team is FCIAC rival Trumbull.
It’s also Petroccio’s alma mater. And, he says, Trumbull is the only school he’d leave Staples for.
When “Coach P” arrived in Westport 25 years ago — at 31 years old — he took over a moribund program. Within 4 years the Wreckers won their first FCIAC title since Paul Lane’s in 1975. They also reached the state championship game.
Since then, Staples has appeared in 8 state finals. They won 3 titles — in 2002 (Class MM), 2004 and ’05 (Class L). They won 5 FCIAC titles in 7 appearances too.
Petroccio — also a popular physical education teacher at the high school — says he would not leave Westport for any other job. He calls Staples “a great community (with) a great administration and great kids.”
A search for a new head football coach will begin soon.