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Paul Pasqualoni has coached at every level of football, from the high school ranks all the way up to the NFL. Yet, the veteran head coach has never forgotten where he comes from.
On Tuesday morning, Pasqualoni addressed dozens of Cheshire business owners at the Cheshire Economic Development Commission's Business Appreciation Day, telling all in attendance that he was happy to be back.
“I am very happy to be back here in Cheshire,” said Pasqualoni. “I am proud to have come from Cheshire. This town has always had a wonderful reputation and approach to education, and that helped me when I was here.”
Pasqualoni was recently named the head coach for the University of Connecticut football program, but he started his coaching career in Cheshire as an assistant for the high school team while serving as a teacher in the district. During his speech, Pasqualoni recounted his memories from those first years and thanked administrators at the time for taking a chance on a new graduate out of Penn State University.
“In June of 1972, there weren't a lot of jobs in teaching, I can tell you that,” he said. “It wasn't like it is now.”
Pasqualoni taught at Norton, Darcey, and Highland schools while serving as an assistant head coach, before moving on to the college ranks a few years later. During his speech, Pasqualoni spoke about the similarities between coaching and business, stating that building a successful football program took the same skills as building a successful company.
“You have to have talent, but talent isn't enough,” said Pasqualoni. “You have to be smart and work for the right things.”
For the full story on Business Appreciation Day, see Thursday's Cheshire Herald.
Note: This article corrects a previous version which mistakenly identified the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce as the sponsors of the Business Appreciation Day event.