STRATFORD—Brian Mayglothing will be taking a slightly different route to work next spring when he heads to lacrosse practice.
Last spring, Mayglothling spent his second season coaching boys varsity lacrosse at Stratford High School.
This coming spring, however, he will be heading a little more north, going up the road to coach the Bunnell Bulldogs, instead.
Mayglothing resigned his position as Stratford’s boys lacrosse coach late last month to take over the program at Bunnell.
“What it comes down to is I love the sport and I love teaching it to the kids,” Mayglothing said. “I didn’t go to school in Stratford, so I don’t feel the whole Bunnell-Stratford rivalry, but I understand it. Lacrosse isn’t a huge sport in this town. But, like a lot of sports, it’s not really big enough to be supported by two high schools.”
Mayglothing said looking at the youth lacrosse numbers around town, Bunnell seems poised to have solid numbers well into the future.
“After the 2020 season, it’s just not clear that Stratford will be able to support a team,” he said. “What it really comes down is this is an opportunity for me to keep coaching in this town long term.”
Bunnell athletic director Wayne Thrall said he was surprised to hear of Mayglothing’s interest in the job, which became vacant after former coach Alex Wiser resigned after just a single year at the school.
“To be completely honest and transparent, we posted the position and he reached out,” Thrall said. “We had a conversation and I said, ‘If you feel this is the right fit for you, out of respect for (Stratford athletic director) Tony (DeAngelo) and Stratford High, you need to have a conversation with him.’”
All parties involved agreed there were no ill feelings about a coaching jump from one rival to another.
DeAngelo said Mayglothing explained his point of view for the change and accepted his former coach’s decision.
“There is absolutely no bad blood whatsoever,” DeAngelo said. “He was a good coach for me and Bunnell is getting a good coach. It was nothing against me or the school, it was just a personal decision that he made, but we’re going to continue to work together to build lacrosse throughout the town.”
DeAngelo said he had no conversations with Thrall about the change until after Mayglothling stepped down.
“Brian came to me first and gave me a resignation letter and I think Wayne and I talked about it briefly after that,” DeAngelo said. “We had a good conversation about it. We’re sorry to lose him, but he will be a good coach for Bunnell.”
Mayglothing’s pedigree is first-class from his days as an All-American player at Wilton High School to his career at Notre Dame.
“It was both his playing and coaching experience, and his strong ties to the Stratford community,” Thrall said, “He knows our kids extremely well. We’re excited to have him. He has a great lacrosse mind.”
Mayglothing said his goals for Bunnell will remain as they were at Stratford.
“I want to turn these kids into a good cohesive team, make states and give them some visibility in this town,” Mayglothing said. “I’m excited about this group, but I have nothing but good things to say about Stratford High and Tony. I enjoyed my time there.”
Bunnell finished the season 6-10, missing out on a state tournament berth by one game. The Bulldogs lost their final two games of the season, both at home, by a combined four goals to miss out on a spot.
Stratford, meanwhile, finished 2-14 with a team that had just one senior player on the roster.