Rest easy, Jerry McDougall. Marce Petroccio is coming home.

Petroccio, a Trumbull native who spent the last quarter-century turning Staples into one of Connecticut’s premier football programs, is the new head coach at Trumbull High School, where he played and where McDougall, one of Connecticut’s all-time winningest coaches, once roamed.

Petroccio confirmed the news Wednesday, shortly after informing his Staples players at a team meeting.

He takes over for Bob Maffei, McDougall’s successor, who resigned in November after 19 seasons. Petroccio is expected to begin a physical education job at Trumbull in the fall, though Trumbull athletic director Mike King would not confirm that aspect of the hire.

Petroccio brings over a sterling resume from Staples, the only head coaching job he’s ever had.

Beginning in 1993, when then-Staples athletic director Bob Byiteck hired Petroccio away from McDougall’s staff at Trumbull, the Wreckers won 210 games, three state championships and five FCIAC titles.

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Coaching Record at Staples

1993 — 2-8

1994 — 5-5

1995 — 5-5

1996 — 8-3

1997 — 11-2, FCIAC champion, Class L runner-up

1998 — 8-2

1999 — 5-5

2000 — 7-3

2001 — 9-2, Class L semifinals

2002 — 12-1, Class MM champion

2003 — 13-1, FCIAC champion, Class L runner-up

2004 — 11-1, Class L champion

2005 — 12-1, FCIAC runner-up, Class L champion

2006 — 10-2, Class L runner-up

2007 — 10-2, FCIAC runner-up, Class L semifinals

2008 — 6-5

2009 — 12-1, FCIAC champion, Class LL runner-up

2010 — 9-2, Class LL quarterfinals

2011 — 12-1, FCIAC champion, Class LL runner-up

2012 — 10-1, FCIAC champion, Class LL semifinals

2013 — 8-3

2014 — 7-4

2015 — 7-3, Class LL quarterfinals

2016 — 5-5

2017 — 6-4

Total: 210-72

Petroccio will be the fourth head coach in Trumbull’s history.

sean.bowley

@hearstmediact.com