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Varsity Football Coach Named at Plainville High School

The Plainville High School Athletic Department announces the appointment of Louis “Rocky” Gagliardi as varsity coach of the Plainville High School Blue Devils football team. Gagliardi, who is currently a physical education instructor at New Britain High School, replaces former varsity football coach Scott Wenzel.

Gagliardi comes to Plainville with more than 16 years experience coaching football at both the high school and college levels. He has held a number of football coaching positions, including most recently assistant head coach / defensive coordinator at New Britain High School, varsity defensive line coach / defensive coordinator at Cromwell High School, and assistant head football coach / defensive line and receivers coach at Hartford Public High School. In addition, he has coached high school baseball, basketball, and track and field teams in Connecticut. Gagliardi received the 2006 Above and Beyond Award as well as the 2007 Above the Rim Award from the New Britain Board of Education. Gagliardi holds a bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University. He is a Connecticut Certified Coach and holds Connecticut State Physical Education and Health Certifications.

According to Athletic Director John Zadnik, there were eleven applicants for the position of varsity coach. Finalists were interviewed by a committee comprised of Principal Greg Ziogas, Zadnik, and two retired coaches.

"Although the group we interviewed was an extremely strong one, it was clear to all of the committee members that Coach Gagliardi was the standout. His sincerity, enthusiasm, and energy, as well as his knowledge of the history and tradition of Plainville High School football, were all very impressive. There is no doubt in my mind that Rocky is the right person for the job," commented Zadnik.

-Posted on April 21, 2008 at 02:22 PM

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