I first heard the news on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from — who else? — my youngest son, Robby. I have to say, for a 24-year-old living and working in Manhattan, and leading a very active social life, he still keeps up with all sports at all levels more intimately than any other human I know. He sent out a family group text containing Sean Patrick Bowley’s GameTimeCT tweet, which said, in part: “Three-time state championship coach Marce Petroccio is leaving Staples to become the next head football coach at Trumbull..”
From that shocker I scrolled around online to a bunch of other accounts of Coach P’s departure, and what blew me away was the oft-mentioned fact that he’d been head coach at Staples for 25 years. Twenty-five years!!! Are you kidding me??? A quarter of a century!!! Why did it seem to me that Marce had just ridden into town on his white horse to save the Staples football program — which had won a grand total of 11 games in the seven previous years?