Pat Miller, the offensive coordinator at CIAC Class S champion Sheehan, was named the new football coach at Norwalk this afternoon. Miller replaces Sean Ireland, who stepped down last month.
Miller had been on the Sheehan coaching staff for nine years, the last four as offensive coordinator. Sheehan won the state title last month, 64-33 over Bloomfield. It was the school’s first championship since 1985.
“Obviously I’m very excited,” Miller said. “It is a program that has been very competitive and has everything that you need to continue to be competitive and much more.”
Miller was one of seven candidates interviewed by Doug Marchetti, the athletic director at Norwalk. Darien coach Rob Trifone, who resigned last Friday, interviewed on Tuesday but told The Ruden Report twice this week as rumors surfaced that he would not be the Bears’ next coach.
“We’re thrilled to have him,” Marchetti said. “He’s going to be a good one. We had a very good talent pool but Pat came in with a passion and a level of energy about the full development of the student-athlete. He set himself apart from everyone else.”
Miller is a 2008 graduate of Sheehan, where he was an offensive and defensive lineman. He went on to play at Plymouth State.
During Ireland’s eight seasons the Bears went 40-40, including 5-5 this past fall.”
“We are going to be competitive, we are going to have a ton of energy, we are going to fly around,” Miller said. “I believe in the power spread offense, to be aggressive and always on the attack on defense. We will base our offensive on personnel and play the best 11 guys.”