With the resignation of Mark Ecke’s as head football coach, Cheshire has remained in-house to get the program through the 2012 season.
Don Drust, a Cheshire assistant coach since 2007 and the offensive coordinator last season, was named interim head coach on Friday. It will be his first head coaching undertaking.
Also, Rich Pulisciano, the veteran defensive coordinator who stepped down from his position in April for family considerations, has agreed to return to the program in an administrative capacity.
Pulisciano is a physical education/health teacher at Cheshire High, while Drust manages a pair of ShopRite grocery stores. Pulisciano will handle the “in-school” business of the team only. Choosing to abide by the family commitment that prompted his resignation, he will not be an on-field coach.
“These appointments provide continuity for the program and more important, continuity for the returning student-athletes,” Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone in announcing Friday’s development.
“A lot is in place,” Trifone later added. “We all felt disrupting it this late would be hard for the kids.” Drust will meet with other members of the Cheshire coaching staff over the next few days to gauge interest in who wants to stay aboard and in what capacity.
“This all came on so fast,” Drust said Friday night. “There are still a lot of conversations that have to be had. The plan right now is I would like to have as many people on board to help out as soon as possible.”
Drust will also turn his attention to lining up summer weight training and summer passing league and camp options for the players. He met with them Friday when Trifone gathered the team to announce the appointments.
“The idea is always that it’s about the kids and that’s why you do this,” Drust said.
“The seniors deserve some continuity and someone who’s looking out for their best interests. It’s been a long two weeks for them.”