Sean Murray spent the past several years in New Milford as both a teacher and assistant football coach.
The next path was sidelined for a pair of seasons as family life took center stage. The job as head coach opened up after last winter, though, and the 33-year-old hopes to inject excitement to a program yearning for success on the field.
Murray replaces Chuck Lynch, who resigned after a season. A former player at Bunnell, Murray learned the game under former Bulldogs coach Craig Bruno and hopes to implement many of his mentor’s philosophies in his new home.
“I really want to give the kids a high school football experience that I had, which was phenomenal and opened a ton of doors for me in my life,” Murray said. “I’d like to get across to them there’s a lot of opportunities and people you’ll meet through high school football.”
Murray — a Southern Connecticut graduate — is a PE teacher at New Milford and spent three seasons under former coach Larry Badaracco from 2014-16. He primarily worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers, and called plays.
A couple years off reignited a hunger to return to the sidelines.
“I was waiting but it had always been in my head that I wanted to coach when the opportunity was right for me,” Murray said. “I was just married the year before, so between planning and making sure everything was set, now I’m settled into things and it just seemed like everything fell right into place.”
Building relationships with his new players was one of the biggest draws to the new position. Murray met with his team for the first time Monday.
“I’m super excited and can’t wait to start getting to work with the kids,” Murray said. “I’ve watched from a distance and am excited to build those personal relationships. I live in New Milford now so I’m totally invested in the town.”
Establishing a winning tradition has yet to be accomplished with the team, which hasn’t eclipsed the .500 mark in over a decade. New Milford went 0-10 a year ago with its last win coming Thanksgiving Eve, 2017.
Working with the town’s youth league is something Murray valued.
“It’s very important,” Murray said. “You want too get the kids in the middle school grades excited to come play football for the Green Wave; I plan on building that relationship and really hope it bolsters the interest and excitement around high school.”