Mike Hvizdo is back as the Weston High boys basketball coach.
Hvizdo, in his second season, resigned on Feb. 6 amid controversy over his participation in a short film from 2003 which was posted online and sent to school administrators.
He described the film as raunchy and R rated.
The school announced his return Friday afternoon.
"I wouldn't say I'm surprised because I never lost hope," Hvizdo said Friday night. "I'm not surprised. This whole ride has been surreal and kind of shocking. I'm probably still in shock over the whole ordeal and how silly it was."
Weston High administrators, in a letter mailed to parents on Feb. 10, said "Forbidden Fruit," the nine-minute black-and-white film, while not "illegal," was inappropiate and compromised his position as the head coach of the Trojans.
Hvizdo's situation drew national attention. In fact, a crew from "Good Morning America" was at his home Friday night.
"The media has been great. It took a life of its own," he said. "I want to move forward. Learn from it and grow and get back to coaching my boys."
Parents rallied to his cause in the three weeks since he resigned.
"That's been my strength, the players and parents who've supported me," Hvizdo said. "They kept me going. They've been amazing."
Weston, which is 10-11 and lost in the first round of the SWC playoffs, opens state tournament play on Monday. The Trojans are seeded 23rd in Class M and open at No. 10 University of Hartford at Classical Magnet School in Hartford.
"It will definitely be emotional. I'm getting back into practice on Sunday it shouldn't be too much of an issue getting back into the swing of things," he said.
Hvizdo was sidelined for five games.
"I'm grateful. I want to thank the administration for reinstating me and bringing me back into the Weston family and also I really am forever grateful for all the people who's supported me and voiced their opinion during this whole ordeal," Hvizdo said.
The school, in a statement, said: "(Supt.) Dr. Colleen Palmer, (principal) Ms. Lisa Wolak, (athletic director) Mr. Mark Berkowitz, and Mr. Michael Hvizdo are pleased to announce that they have agreed that Mr. Hvizdo will be returning to serve as Head Coach for Varsity Boys Basketball at Weston High School. Through further discussion, we have worked through the issues surrounding Mr. Hvizdo's resignation, which he has been permitted to rescind, and have clarified the district's expectations concerning his performance. We welcome Mr. Hvizdo back to our coaching staff, and we wish him and the Boys Basketball team every success for the future."
Mike Cardillo contributed to this story.