The beginning…
The third try was a charm. Three times a group of coaches in Connecticut met to try and start a high school coaches association. It became a reality in December of 1950.
The first attempt took place in 1936 when coaches from New Haven, Meriden, Waterbury and Bridgeport gathered at Payne Whitney gymnasium in New Haven. Some of the coaches in attendance were: Frank Barnikow of Meriden; Emmons “Chick” Bowen, New Haven Hillhouse; William Schofield, Crosby of Waterbury; Pete Foley, Naugatuck; Ed Reilly of Bridgeport Central; Paul Kuczo, Stamford High School; Jim Lee, Wilby High School of Waterbury; and John Knecht, Jr. of Branford High School.
Schofield was named the president of the association, but due to a lack of interest by coaches statewide and the fact all areas of the state did not have representatives, the first attempt at a state coaches association fell flat.
In 1941, another group of coaches tried to form an association. They met at the old Guard Hotel in Hartford. About 20 coaches attended. Chick Shea of New Britain was in attendance along with “Mr. Basketball” Tom M. Monahan of Bristol; Tom Kelley of Manchester; Babe Allen of Bulkeley of Hartford; Tom Callaghan of Windham High School; Johnny Newell of Hartford Public; Joe Fontana of Lewis High School in Southington and John McGrath of East Hartford High School.
The group agreed to try and get the idea off the ground again and named Shea president and Kelley Secretary-Treasurer. A $1 dues was set. However, the association never got off the ground. The forties found many coaches entering the armed services. A dearth of leadership put a crimp on starting a state coaches association. Plus, athletic director in some of the large cities didn’t think there was a need for a coaches association.
But in 1950, Steve Miska, Warren Harding’s football and basketball coach started the third effort to get the coaches to start an association. The Bridgeport coach sent letters to all the coaches in the state, inviting them to a meeting set for early December at the White Eagle Hall in the Park City. It was a success with a good cross-section of coaches around the state making the trip to Bridgeport. Everyone was in agreement there was a need for the coaches to form an organization. With Miska chairing the meeting a motion was made for the coaches to meet again after the first of the year in 1951. Each coach was asked to try and bring other coaches to the next meeting. It was agreed the coaches would meet in March of ’51 at the Ray Tompkins House in New Haven.
Close to 50 coaches met in the Elm City. A few athletic directors were in attendance, supporting the need for a coaches association, but also suggested the timing wasn’t right. They suggested further that a more thorough study be done on the matter with another meeting to set up a future date. It was at that time the great football coach from Danbury, Ed Crotty, sternly pronounced the need for an association right away. He added, “Are we men or mice?” He motioned a coaches association be formed that evening. Tris Carta, track coach at Fairfield High School, seconded the motion. Miska put it on the floor for a vote. It was unanimously approved.
Thus the present Connecticut High School Coaches Association became a reality. A committee was established to form a slate of officers and to work on drawing up a constitution. The committee consisted of Miska, chairman; Waino Fillback, Middletown; Whitey Piurek, West Haven; Joe Fontana; Howard Dickenman, Norwich Free Academy; Ed Crotty, Ted Knurek, Plainville; Charles “Boots” Jarvis, Ansonia; Tris Carta and Ed Finn, Shelton.

Minutes of Meeting Held June 11, 1951
Held at Ray Tompkins House, New Haven
1.    Forty-five member schools voted to accept the  newly formulated constitution.
2.    Officers for the new organization were voted on and elected officers are as follows:

President Steve Miska of Warren Harding, Bridgeport
Vice President Whitey Piurek of West Haven
Secretary Tris Carta of Fairfield
Treasurer Waino Fillback of Middletown

3.    Plans were made to contact the president of the 12 conferences in the state and ask them to have their respective groups vote on and forward to the president names of coaches who would represent each conference on the executive council of the State High School Coaches Association. These delegates would meet with the organizations’ officers on September 10, 1951 at a location convenient for all concerned.
4.    The Purpose of the September meeting would be to organize committees from the executive council to represent all sports (1) to organize committees from the executive council to represent all sports; (2) to appoint a committee to prepare a scheduled program for a general meeting which will be held on and in conjunction with teachers convention in October.
5.    A subject placed on the records for future reference was the mutual recognition by all conferences of the membership card of this organization to all athletic events.

Letter from Secretary Tris Carta

June 12, 1951

Dear coaches:
At the state coaches meeting in New Haven last night, the group adopted a constitution and elected officers for 1951-52. Said officers expiring October, 1952.
The newly elected officers are Steve Miska of Harding, Bridgeport, president; Whitey Piurek of West Haven, vice president; Tris Carta of Fairfield, secretary; Waino Fillback of Middletown, treasurer.
Forty-five member schools were represented at the meeting and the group was highly enthusiastic about the state coaches organization.
Our next step is to inform all conferences throughout the state to send names, allotted number of representatives to our president, who plans to call executive council meeting on September 10th at a convenient place for all concerned.
Enclosed you will find membership cards for coaches of all sports.
Please return to me, one dollar for each card along with the name of the coach joining so that we may enroll them as chartered members and coaches in good standing. It is hoped that we will make these membership cards acceptable for admittance to all high school athletic events throughout the state. Several conferences have unofficially approved of this idea already.
Yours in sports,
Tris M. Carta

Things begin to roll…
Eichner’s Restaurant in Bridgeport was the scene of the first gathering of coaches in their new organization in the fall of 1951. It was convenient for them as all schools were closed due to a teachers convention.
Outstanding college coaches were invited to speak on athletic problems and coaching techniques. For the next 20 years the coaches would sponsor similar “conventions” until the State Department of Education ended teachers convention days.
The first five coaches conventions were held at Eichner’s. In 1956 they were moved to the Waverly Inn in Cheshire, remaining there until 1976. Growth was obvious in the state coaches association during that period and up to the present – from a start of 300 members to the current 3,000+!
With membership mushrooming, more activities were added by the association. A coaches picnic was started by Steve Miska in 1955 on the grounds of Eichner’s. It was a good time for all the coaches as it came during the second week in June, after all the spring tournaments were completed. The coaches could mingle and enjoy good food and beverages. Later the picnic moved to the Knights of Columbus Park in Plainville, Rockville Parkin Bristol, Greens Park in Yalesville, Arnold College in Milford, Warsaw Park in Ansonia and, finally, to the present location, the Mountainside Park in Wallingford.
The picnic has been chaired most capably by Ben Zajac, former coach and athletic director at Platt in Meriden since 1960.
In 1965 another project was born thatnks to the efforts of Bob McKee, former football and baseball coach at Conard High School in West Hartford. He proposed naming a coach-of-the-year in each sport. The idea was accepted by the association’s executive board and the first recognition dinner was held at the Waverly Innin Cheshire in 1965. A few years later the name of the dinner was changed to the “Outstanding Coach of the Year” dinner. Attendance has blossomed from 300 at the first dinner to more than 800 at the recent annual dinner at the spacious Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
The next proposal for the association came from Larry McHugh, former football coach at Xavier High School in Middletown. He suggested a Hall of Fame for coaches in the state. The executive board put its stamp of approval on the proposal and, thanks to the hard work and planning of McHugh, the first induction took place in 1978. The Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame was located in the Veteran’s Coliseum in New Haven. Its current location is at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Hall of Fame is a beautiful tribute to coaches who have given of their time and dedication to high school youngsters. The annual induction takes place in November at the Aqua Turf Club.

Chronological developments of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association
1936 – First attempt to form a state high school coaches association. Bill Schofield of Crosty High School in Waterbury was elected president.
1940 – Second attempt to form a coaches association. Chick Shea of New Britain High School elected president; Tom Kelley of Manchester High School, secretary-treasurer.
1950 – December: preliminary meeting of the high school coaches, called by Steve Miska, coach at Harding, at White Eagle Hall in Bridgeport.
1951 – March: 45 coaches met at the Ray Tompkins House in New Haven, voted to form the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA).
1951 – June: Officers were elected for new organization: Steve Miska, president; Tris Carta, secretary; Waino Fillback, treasurer. Constitution adopted.
1951 – October: First general session of coaches convention held at Eichner’s Restaurant, Bridgeport.
1955 – June: First coaches picnic at Eichner’s Restaurant.
1957 – Appointed Joseph J. Fontana executive secretary.
1958 – August: First all-star football game played in Bridgeport at Kennedy Stadium, Nutmeg Bowl, East vs. West.
1958 – Thomas R. Monahan appointed permanent treasurer.
1960 – Code of Ethics for coaches proposed by Steve Miska and adopted.
1960 – CHSCA incorporated as a stock (non-profit organization) – legal work done by the late Attorney Francis Kane of Southington.
1961 – CHSCA adopted logo that was accomplished through efforts of Steve iska, working with members of an art class at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport.
1963 – Placement service for members of the CHSCA… a clearinghouse of information pertaining to possible openings in the field of coaching (discontinued in 1971).
1965 – First recognition dinner honoring outstanding coaches in each sport.
1965 – First coaches newsletter distributed to coaches. First editor John Fontana, Southington High School.
1965 – Formation of the National High School Coaches Association – Tom Monahan and Joseph J. Fontana took part in the formation of the organization in Atlanta, Georgia on July 10.
1970 – First coaches directory distributed to coaches. First Baseball All-State banquet held, chairmen John Fontana and Ken Kezer.
1974 – Women admitted to the CHSCA.
1974 – First All-Star baseball game played. Chairman John Fontana, Southington High School. Connecticut hosts National Convention at the Park Plaza Hotel in New Haven.
1975 – First Basketball Festival All-Star game Saturday, March 22 at Bristol Central High School, chairman Bob Healy, Ellington.
1977 – Resumed the CHSCA coaches clinic at Southern Connecticut State University. It was formerly sponsored by the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association) at UConn.
1978 – First CHSCA Hall of Fame induction, Park Plaza Hotel, New Haven.
1983 – June: First girls softball All-Star game played at Falcon Field, Meriden.
1984 – Hartford Courant and CHSCA select All-State in all 21 sports. Bob Cecchini, Suffield becomes Treasurer.
1987 – First All-Star girls basketball game at Morgan School in Clinton.
1988 – The CHSCA was the host to the National High School Athletic Coaches convention for the second time at the Treadway Cromwell Hotel in Cromwell.
1988 – John Fontana appointed Executive Secretary. First CHSCA Field Hockey All-Star game started, Babby Nuhn, chairperson, North Branford High School. John Fontana, Southington, becomes full time Executive Director.
1991 – First CHSCA Volleyball All-Star game started. Betsy Gilmartin, chairperson, Mercy High School, Middletown. Charles Sharos, Soth Windsor becomes Recording Secretary.
1992 – First CHSCA girls soccer All-Star game started. Jack Shea, Wethersfield High School, chairman. First CHSCA boys soccer All-Star game started. Steve Kassoy, Hartford Public, chairman.
1995 – First CIAC boys lacross tournament annual north-south All-Star game started in 1979 with Guy Whitten, Wilton High School, chairman.
1996 – National Convention returns to Connecticut with CHSCA hosting for the third time, held in Cromwell.
1997 – CHSCA restructures Executive Board and committees.
1998 – New policy instituted for gold passes. Start of CT/RI Senior High School All-Star Football game.
1999 – First CHSCA/Nike Football Clinic held.
2000 – First $1,000 Scholar/Athletic Scholarships awarded. CHSCA leaves Hartford Courant and now chooses all the All-State sports teams annually.
2000 – CHSCA recertification proposal accepted by State Department of Education.
2002 – Connecticut hosts National Convention for the fourth time at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell and at Wesleyan University.
2003 – CHSCA Hall of Fame moved to Rentschler Field.
2003 – CT/RI Senior All-Star Football game moved to Rentschler Field.
2003 – UConn AD Lew Perkins/Larry McHugh start honoring CHSCA Hall of Fame inductees at a UConn football game annually.
2004 – Due process bill for coaches accepted by state legislature.
2004 – CHSCA by-laws changes made.
2004 – Creation of CHSCA website.
2005 – CHSCA starts honoring player of the year in each sport. CHSCA starts honoring team of the year in each sport.
2006 – CHSCA creates coaches merit award.
2006 – CHSCA puts Michaels Cup at Rentschler Field Room of Honor. CHSCA, CAAD, CIAC join forces on teaching coaches certification and recertification.
2010 – Connecticut Coach newsletter moves to a magazine format. CHSCA honors “The” Number 1 male and female teams of the year from all sports throughout the state of Connecticut.
2011 – CHSCA honor “the” Number 1 male and female player of the year from all sports throughout the state of Connecticut.
2012 – CHSCA joins to help the Wounded Warrior Project.
2013 – New, updated website launched.

Banquet/Event Dates

All banquets and All-State dinners take place at The Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479.

November 2017
Boys & Girls Cross Country November 13  Kay's Pier South
Hall of Fame Banquet November 16  Kay's Pier North
Girls Volleyball November 28 Wagon
December 2017
Girls Swimming December 5 Kay's Pier South
Field Hockey  December 5  Kay's Pier North


January 2018
Football  January 14  Kay's Pier
Boys Soccer  January 21  Kay's Pier 4PM
Girls Soccer

 January 21

 Kay's Pier 11:30am


March 2018

Boys & Girls Indoor Track  March 8  Kay's Pier North
Wrestling  March 11  Kay's Pier South
Gymnastics  March 15  Kay's Pier South
Boys Swimming  March 20  Kay's Pier South
Cheerleading  March 20  Kay's Pier North

April 2018
Ice Hockey  April 8  Kay's Pier South 1pm
Girls Basketball  April 18  Kay's Pier South
Boys Basketball  April 24  Kay's Pier North

May 2018
Coach of the Year Banquet  May 10  Kay's Pier

June 2018
Baseball  June 11  Kay's Pier North
Boys Volleyball  June 14 Wagon 
Softball  June 18  Kay's Pier North
Girls Lacrosse  June 18  Kay's Pier South
Boys & Girls Tennis  June 18  Glass
Boys Lacrosse  June 29  Kay's Pier South
Boys & Girls Track  June 20  Kay's Pier North
Golf  June 21  Glass



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004) 

  1. Local and regional boards of education that employ athletic coaches shall require the coaches’ immediate supervisor to evaluate such coaches on an annual basis and to provide such coaches with copies of such evaluations.
  2. Any local or regional board of education acting directly, or through its duly authorized agent, that terminates or declines to renew the coaching contract of an athletic coach who has served in the same coaching position for three or more consecutive school years shall inform such coach of such decision no later than ninety days after the completion of the sport season covered by the contract. Such coach shall have an opportunity to appeal such decision to the local or regional board of education in a manner prescribed by such local or regional board of education. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a local or regional board of education from terminating the coaching contract of an athletic coach at any time (1) for reasons or moral misconduct, insubordination or a violation of the rules of the board of education, or (2) because a sport has been cancelled by the board of education.
  3. For the purposes of this session, “athletic coach” means any person holding a coaching permit who is hired by a local or regional board of education to coach for a sport season.

Approved on June 8, 2004
Source http://www.cga.ct.gov

Wounded Warrior Project

CHSCA Adds $1.00 to Every Banquet & All-Star Ticket for the “Wounded Warrior Project”

Starting with the school year 2012-2013, all banquets and All-Star games will add $1.00 to each ticket to be given to the “Wounded Warrior Project” in the form of one check at the conclusion of our school year. An explanation of this project is attached to this cover sheet.

We experimented this past year by doing a trial run by adding $1.00 to the Coach’s Recognition Dinner, Baseball All-State banquet, Boys and Girls All-State Track banquet and the All-Star Baseball games. The CHSCA made a significant donation for this year from just those four events.
We thank all committees in advance for helping us with this tremendous program.

Past Officers

1951-52 Steve Miska Warren Harding (Brideport)
1952-53 John “Whitey” Puirek West Haven
1953-54 Wiano Fillback Middletown
1953-54 Andy Palau Windham
1955-56 James Lee Crosby
1956-57 Joseph J Fontana Southington
1957-58 Paul Kuczo Stamford
1958-59 Toby Vega Terryville
1959-60 Thomas Monahan Windham
1953-54 Andy Palau Windham
1953-54 Andy Palau Bristol
1960-61 Connie Donahue Torrington
1961-62 George Butcher Windham
1962-63 Howard Dickerman Norwich Free Academy
1963-64 Thomas Kelly Manchester
1964-65 Edward Knurek Weaver (Hartford)
1965-66 Fern Tetreau Andrew Warde (Fairfield)
1966-67 George Dorin Hillhouse (New Haven)
1967-68 Ben Zajac Platt (Meriden)
1968-69 William Murphy New Canaan
1969-70 Robert McKee Conard (West Hartford)
1970-71 Rene LeDoux Norwich Free Academy
1971-72 Richard Schermerhorn The Morgan School (Clinton)
1972-73 Carmine Tosches Stamford
1973-74 Larry McHugh Xavier (Middletown)
1974-75 Edward Ferrigno Windham
1975-76 Robert Duncanson Hand High (Madison)
1976-77 Nick Zeoli Wilton
1977-78 Nick Zeoli Wilton
1978-79 John Fontana Southington
1979-80 Robert Cecchini Suffield
1980-81 Robert Healy Ellington
1981-82 Jack Casagrande Brien McMahon (Norwalk)
1982-83 Mario Ciarlo Wilby (Waterbury)
1983-84 Karen O’Connor Lewis Mills (Burlington)
1984-85 Jerry McDougall Trumbull
1985-86 Harold Lawson New Britain
1986-87 Charles Sharos South Windsor
1987-88 Ralph King Brien McMahon (Norwalk)
1988-89 Tom Murray Branford
1989-90 Winnie Hamilton Stamford
1990-91 Joe Folino Staples (Westport)
1991-92 Dave Deacon Hall High (West Hartford)
1992-93 Ken Kezer New Britain
1993-94 Jack Long Bacon Academy (Norwich)
1994-95 Dot Johnson Granby
1995-96 John Pouzzner N.W. Reg #7
1996-97 Dave Strong Masuk
1997-98 Jim Casagrande Newtown
1998-99 John O’Connor Branford
1999-00 Rob Szymaszek Maloney (Meriden)
2000-01 Gary Makowicki NFA
2001-02 Al Pelligrinelli Berlin
2002-03 Jim Penders East Catholic (Manchester)
2003-04 Mark Logan RHAM (Hebron)
2004-05 Babby Nuhn North Branford
2005-06 Don Pisati MLC (Bloomfield)
2006-07 Joe Madaffari Brien McMahon (Norwalk)
2007-08 Beth Sarnacki Cromwell
2008-09 Beth Sarnacki Cromwell
2009-10 Len Corto New Britain HS
2010-11 Len Corto New Britain HS
2011-12 Steve Filippone Hand HS (Madison)
2012-13 Mike Pitruzzello Middletown HS
2013-14 Dave Schulz Fairfield-Ludlowe
2014-16 Barbara Hedden Cheshire
2016-17 Joe Canzanella Oxford

Recording Secretary
1951-57 Bill Gibney Berlin
1957-61 Lester Oakea Norwalk
1953-54 Wiano Fillback Middletown
1961-67 Jack Lockery Stamford
1967-68 Howie Dickerman Norwich
1968-72 C. Donahue Torrington
1972-74 William Montanill Wilson
1974-78 Robert Healy Ellington
1978-81 Karen Schlott Lewis Mills
1981-83 Robert Healy Ellington
1983-84 Larry McHugh Xavier
1984-91 Robert Healy Manchester
1991-2016 Charles Sharos South Windsor
2016-present Beth Sarnacki Cromwell

Executive Secretary
1957-88 Joseph J. Fontana Southington
1988-present John J. Fontana Southington

1950-51 Steve Miska Warren Harding
1951-52 John “Whitey” Puirek West Haven
1952-53 Waino Fillback Middletown
1953-54 Andy Palau Windham
1954-55 James Lee Crosby
1955-56 Joseph J Fontana Southington
1956-57 Paul Kuczo Stamford
1957-58 Toby Vega Terryville
1958-85 Thomas Monahan Bristol
1985-present Robert Cecchini Suffield

Current Officers

The success of any organization starts with its leadership and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association has the following officers to continue its good works.

CHSCA 2017-18
 Michael Fritch-Torrington

 1st Vice President
 Michelle Cordeau-Wolcott

 2nd Vice President
Paul Christensen- East Lyme 

 3rd Vice President
 Deb Petruzello-Middletown 

 Recording Secretary
 Beth Sarnacki – Cromwell

 Mike Fasulo

 Bob Cecchini – Suffield

 Executive Director
 John J. Fontana – Southington

 Past President
 Joseph Canzanella-East Haven

 Mark Logan – RHAM


Executive Board

Brian Adkins- Branford

Terri Zemnicki- Avon

Dave Harackiewicz- Newington

Sal Follo- Foran HS

Lou Marinelli- New Canaan

Craig Semple- Hand HS

Joe Madaffari- Brien McMahon

Bob Healy- Manchester

Scott Aresco- Maloney HS

 Barbara Hedden- Cheshire

Jake Jarvis- Guilford

Steve Filippone- Hand HS





By Laws

Article I


Name: The Connecticut High School Coaching Association

1-1. The official office of this Association shall be the legal address of the Executive Director.
1-2. The purpose of this Association shall be to:

  • a. establish and maintain the highest ideals of professionalism for all members of the interscholastic athletic community;
  • b. provides a unified, professional organization for all members of the interscholastic athletic community in Connecticut;
  • c. cooperate with the officers and executive committees of the ClAC and CAAD to advance the common goal of fostering sound and equitable competitive experiences for Connecticut's interscholastic athletes while seeking to maximize educational benefits, that can be accrued;
  • d. Infuse within the various competitive interscholastic experiences safeguards to foster the spirit of sportsmanship, honesty, fair play and friendly, positive, professional relations among coaches, principals, officials, athletic directors, trainers, athletes and students;
  • e. offer the membership the opportunity to upgrade skills by providing clinics, seminars, publications and other appropriate professional development material;
  • f. provide a vehicle through which members of the interscholastic athletic community may enhance their competencies, better serve their constituents and improve athletics.

Article II



2-1. Active members of the Association, members of the Association's Executive Board and Association Gold Membership honorees shall have one vote on all issues that are presented for vote at the Annual Meeting.
2-2. The following memberships shall have non-voting status.

  • a. Associate Members - available for all former members of the Association upon retirement from active coaching. Associate members who are appointed to serve on the Executive Board shall have full voting privileges
  • b. Allied Membership - available for Connecticut's college coaches, intermediate school coaches in CIAC member schools.
  • c. Upon payment of dues, non-voting members are eligible for all such benefits as currently exist, with the exception of the right to hold elected office.
  • d. The Executive Committee is designated as the ruling body on eligibility for all membership applications and is empowered to bestow additional honorary memberships as voted.

Article III



3-1. The Executive Committee shall recommend dues. Dues shall require the approval of the membership at the Annual Meeting. Notification of a proposed change in dues shall be made in The Connecticut Coach and/or the CHSCA web site no less than one month before the Annual Meeting.
3-2. The fiscal and membership year of the Association shall run from August 1, to July 31.

Article IV

4-1. There shall be one Annual Meeting of the Association membership each year. This meeting shall be held at the Spring Executive Board meeting and shall be posted in The Connecticut Coach and the CHSCA web site at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Association members may attend the Annual Meeting.
4-2. A quorum for the Annual Meeting shall consist of thirty-five (35) voting members representing at least ten percent of the ClAC member schools.
4-3. Special meetings of the Association's membership may be called by the President in an emergency or at the request of the Executive Board or Executive Committee. Written notice of the call for any special meeting shall be sent to all Executive Board members at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.

Article V


5-1. The officers of this Association shall be the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Third Vice-President. These officers shall be elected during the Annual Meeting of the Association.
5-2. Officers nominated for the Association shall represent various geographic sections of the state whenever possible and shall be active head, high school coaches at the time of their election.
5-3. The Executive Director, Treasurer and Secretary shall be appointed by the Executive Board and shall serve for a term of six years, beginning in the 2003-2004 Association year. There shall be no limit to the number of terms an individual may serve in these positions.
5-4. Nominated officers may not succeed themselves unless designated to do so by a two-thirds vote of Executive Committee members voting on this issue.

Article VI


Duties of Officers

6-1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association. The President shall appoint all committees authorized by the CHSCA Bylaws and/or the Executive Committee. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all Association committees.
6-2. The First Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President whenever the president is absent. In the absence of the President and the First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President shall perform the duties of the president and in the absence of the Second Vice-President; the Third Vice-President shall perform these duties. The vice presidents shall act as liaisons with the sports committee chairpersons to provide candidates for the executive board for the CHSCA Outstanding Coach Award, the NHSACA Coach of the Year Award and membership on the following year’s sports committees. The First Vice-President shall be responsible for the fall sports committees, the Second Vice-President shall be responsible for the winter sports committees and the Third Vice-President shall be responsible for the spring sports committees
6-3. The Executive Director shall serve as the executive agent for the CHSCA Executive Board. The Executive Director shall:

  • a. assist members of the Executive Board In all official matters
  • b. with the advice and consent of the Executive Board or the Executive Committee, represented in person or through a designee, the Association in all matters concerning regional and national coaches organizations, CAS-CIAC, CAAD and official agencies of the state and federal governments.
  • c. maintain the official CHSCA Office at his/her legal residence, unless otherwise directed by the Executive Board, and shall not incur personal expenses associated with this duty. It shall be the duty of the Executive Director to maintain all records of the Association, including electronic records of financial reports, minutes of all executive board meetings, CHSCA awards, and membership information. All electronic records shall be stored with back up copies that are available to CHSCA officers.
  • d. meet with sports committees, all committee chairs, the Budget and Finance Committee, Corporate Committee, Legislative Committee, Scholarship and Public Relations Committees as prescribed in the Bylaws of this Association.
  • e. notify in writing all members of the Executive Board and the Executive Committee about the date, time, location and agenda for all meetings.
  • f. The Secretary shall record all minutes of the meetings of the Association, the Executive Board and the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall attend to the correspondence of the Association. The Secretary shall assist the President in whatever manner requested for the good of the Association.

6-4. The Treasurer or Executive Committee designee shall collect all dues from the members and be custodian of all funds belonging to the Association. The Treasurer shall present for approval a financial report at the September meeting of the Executive Board. The Treasurer, using the services of the Association’s accountant, shall present for approval an annual budget for the following year at the Annual Meeting.

Article VII


The Executive Board

7-1. The Executive Board of the Association shall be composed of a President, First, Second and Third Vice- Presidents, Executive Director, Treasurer, Secretary, eight sectional representatives, four at large members, the immediate past president, the chair, of the constitution, ethics and grievance committee and the parliamentarian. The Executive Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian and chair of the Bylaws, Ethics and Grievance Committees shall be non-voting members of the Executive Board.
7-2. It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to assist in carrying out the purposes of the Association,

  • a. to appoint special committees to supervise all CHSCA-related athletic activities;
  • b. to appoint such other committees as deemed advisable by the Executive Board;
  • c. to appoint four members, the President, First Vice-President and two other members to the CIAC Board of Control to serve as consultants;
  • d. to fill any vacancy in the officers of the Association until the next Annual Meeting;
  • e. One third of the membership of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for all meetings of the Executive Board.
  • f. The Executive Board shall meet in the fall, winter and spring of each year. The President, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall direct to be sent to each member of the Executive Board an agenda of proposed policy no later than three days prior to the monthly meeting.
  • g. The minutes of policy decisions made at Executive Board meetings shall be sent by the Executive Director to Executive Board members and Executive Committee members within two weeks of each meeting. The minutes of Executive Board policy decisions shall be published on the CHSCA Web Site.

7-3. The Executive Board shall appoint non-voting consultants to assist in deliberations and to conduct non-sports related activities as deemed necessary.
7-4. There shall be a Standing Committee of the Executive Board composed of the officers, immediate past president, the executive director, treasurer and secretary.
7-5. The Standing Committee shall have the powers of the Executive Board to make decisions of an emergency nature between regular meetings of the Executive Board. All such transactions of the standing committee shall be reported in full to the Executive Board at the next regularly scheduled meeting of that body.

Article VIII


Executive Committee

8-1. There shall be an Executive Committee of the Executive Board composed of Sports Committee chairpersons and other Association members whom the Executive Board shall be designated for specific Association duties. The Executive Committee shall meet as part of the Executive Board meetings during the months of September, and May. Members of the Executive Committee shall report to the Executive Board and make recommendations for policy decisions. Members of the Executive Committee shall have full voting privileges during these two meetings.
8-2. Executive Committee members shall act in accordance with the Association’s Bylaws.

Article IX


Election and Appointments

9-1. The First Vice-President shall chair the annual nominating committee that shall meet prior to the Annual Meeting.
9-2. The President, or the Executive Director at the direction of the President, shall have the responsibility of charging all committee chairs in writing with their responsibility to the Executive Board of the Association. The President, or the Executive Director, at the direction of the President, shall send to the members of the CIAC Board of Control and to all principals who serve as chair of ClAC sports committees a copy of the responsibilities of CHSCA sports chairs as they relate to maintaining an effective relationship between the CHSCA and the ClAC.
9-3. Each year, the First Vice-President, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall form a Nominating Committee composed of the Association’s officers, Executive Director, Treasurer and Secretary. Other Executive Board members shall be appointed to the Nominating Committee to provide representation for the various areas of the state. The Nominating Committee shall propose a nomination slate consisting of a Third Vice-President, all committee chairs and their respective committees. Each nominee shall be an active member of the CHSCA. The sports committee members may succeed themselves if reappointed by the nominating committee. The Third Vice-President, Second Vice-President and First Vice-President shall be nominated to ascent to the offices of Second Vice-President, First Vice-President and President respectively. Any active member of the Association may make additional nominations for these offices from the floor at the Annual Meeting. The officers elected at the Annual Meeting shall assume office on August 1.
9-4. Within 30 days after the close of each fiscal year, the President, First, Second and Third Vice-Presidents shall meet with the Budget and Finance Committee to audit the financial records of the Treasurer. They shall submit an audit report to the Executive Board at the regularly scheduled meeting in October.
9-5. All meetings shall be conducted under Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedures. A Parliamentarian shall be appointed annually by the Executive Board and shall rule on all matters of parliamentary procedures.
9-6. The Executive Committee will be a total of 16 members in addition to the current officers. The overall makeup of the Board should have all sections of the state covered and when adding new replacements, this should be a major consideration. During the first year of implementation (2006-2007) a progression of replacement of representatives shall be established that is based on principle of longevity. Every year the member with the longest tenure will be replaced. The Executive Director will keep the progression replacement list by years. If a current Executive Board member moves out of state or is moved to the position of Third Vice President, etc., the progression list would move up with the new replacement placed in the last position. The Executive Board reserves the right to retain that person with the longest tenure if other board members are leaving the committee.
9-7. Representatives may succeed themselves if reappointed by the Executive Board.
9-8. Representatives serve as voting members of the Executive Board and perform functions that are associated with the CHSCA at the direction of the Executive Board.
9-9. The chair of the Bylaws, Ethics and Grievance Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Board to a one (1) year term on the Executive Board as a non-voting member.

Article X


Sports Committee Chairs

10-1. Sports chairs shall report directly to the Executive Director. They shall meet with the Executive Board before each sports season begins.
10-2. The CHSCA sports committees shall meet sufficiently in advance of their respective CIAC sport committee meeting so that Executive Board approval can be secured for specific proposals. Decisions, which result from CHSCA sports committee activity, must be presented as recommendations by the chair to the Executive Board at regular meetings. Sports chairs may request to meet with the Executive Board at a regularly scheduled meeting for this purpose. Final approval of committee recommendations rests with the Executive Board. It is essential that recommendations made to the CIAC Committees and/or the CIAC Board by its sports committee chairs reflect the thinking of the CHSCA Executive Board, rather than only the opinion of the sports committee. Sports committee chairs shall submit in writing to their sports committee members a synopsis of their sports committee meetings with their respective CIAC sports committee. In addition, these reports shall be submitted electronically to the CHSCA Web Site for publication.
10-3. The chair of a committee must inform the President of the Association within forty-eight (48) hours, when the agenda of a CIAC sports committee meeting cover items not previously considered and approved by the Executive Board. When such circumstances arise, the CHSCA sports committee chair shall request that the minutes of CIAC sports committee meeting reflect that its recommendations do not carry full CHSCA Executive Board approval and reflect only the committee's thinking.
10-4. The chair of each CHSCA committee shall assist the chair of the Coaches Clinic Committee with professional development programs.
10-5. The chair of each CHSCA sports committee shall attend the Coaches Recognition Dinner to host the recipient of the award in his/her sport.
10-6. The chair of each CHSCA sports committee or a designee shall attend the Annual Meeting.
10-7. The chairs of CHSCA sports committees shall submit in writing to the Executive Director accurate information about rules, rules changes, tournament innovations, and achievements and milestones in his/her sport.

Article XI


ALL-Star Chairs

11-1. In sports where there is an All - Star game(s) there shall be an All – Star committee which shall be appointed by the Executive Board and serve at Its pleasure. All - Star chairs report directly to the Executive Director. They shall meet with the Executive Director and all sports committee chairs in the fall.
11-2. The chair of each CHSCA All - Star committee shall submit a financial report to the treasurer within thirty days after each all star game.
11-3. The chairs of All - Star committees may request to attend an Executive Committee meeting to present business that requires action by the Executive Committee.
11-4. The chairs of All -Star Committees shall submit to the executive director accurate information about All - Star events.

Article XII


Budget and Finance, Corporate, Legislative, Scholarship and Public Relations Committees

12-1. The Budget and Finance, Corporate, Legislative, Scholarship and Public Relations Committees are nominated annually by the Nominating Committee prior to the Annual Meeting where formal appointments to these committees are made.
12-2. The Budget and Finance, Corporate, Legislative, Scholarship and Public Relations Committees report to the Executive Committee through the Executive Director and perform services for the Association as directed by the Executive Committee.
12-3. There shall be committees, which are appointed by the Executive Committee to perform specific services for the Association. They shall include: Clinic Committee, Hall of Fame Committee, Outstanding Coach Committee, and other committees that may be formed by the Executive Committee to serve the interests of the Association. These committees shall report to the Executive Board through the Executive Director.
12-4. The Executive Committee may appoint individuals to serve the Association In performing specific functions, which may include representation of the Association to CAS-CIAC and other appropriate bodies. Such individuals shall report to the Executive Board through the Executive Director.

Article XIII



13-1. The Executive Director shall present to the Executive Committee a calendar of meeting places and dates for the next year in July.
13-2. The President, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall prepare and present at least five days in advance an agenda for each CHSCA Executive Board meeting, each Executive Committee meeting and the Annual Meeting. Policy decision votes may be taken only on items, which appear on the agenda, unless, by a two-thirds vote of members present, this provision is waved.

Article XIV


Minutes of Meetings

14-1. The CHSCA Secretary shall make the minutes of each Executive Board, each Executive Committee meeting and the Annual Meeting a permanent part of the Association records which the Executive Director shall maintain.

Article XV


Committee Reports

15-1. Each chair shall submit all reports in writing to the Executive Committee at the next Executive Committee meeting they are scheduled to attend.

Article XVI


Executive Board Membership List

16-1. The Executive Director shall provide all Executive Board members, the names of each member, their respective home address, home phone, cell phone, business phone, e-mail address and school.

Article XVII


Bylaws, Ethics and Grievance Committee

17-1. The chair of the Bylaws, Ethics and Grievance Committee shall submit at the Executive Board's first regular meeting of year, a copy of the Constitution and Code of Ethics to each Executive Board member.
17-2. The Bylaws and Code of Ethics shall be made available to the membership.

Article XVII


Gold Membership Pass

18-1. A gold membership pass shall be presented to a retired coach who shall have twenty-eight (28) or more years of service as a coach or athletic director or combination thereof. A coach to be so recognized must have been retired for a period of no less than six (6) months. (For the purpose of this award, "retired" shall be defined as not actively teaching, coaching or serving as an athletic director on a full or part time basis.)
18-2. Coaches who are awarded the Gold Membership Pass shall be granted life membership in the Association and shall be presented with a CHSCA Gold Membership pass.

Article XIX


Amendments to the CHSCA Bylaws

19-1. Amendments to the Bylaws may be made, if passed by a two-thirds vote of all members present at the Annual Meeting of the Association. Written notice of proposed amendment(s) shall be announced in The Connecticut Coach and/or on the CHSCA Web Site at least thirty (30) days in advance.
19-2. The Bylaws and Code of Ethics of the Association shall be reviewed no less than every five (5) years by a committee appointed by the President.