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Don Drust has been named interim head coach of the Cheshire High School football program this afternoon.
Drust, who served as wide receiver and junior varsity coach, has been on the staff for five years. A CHS graduate, Drust takes over as Rams head coach from Mark Ecke, who resigned amidst turmoil late last month.
Athletic Director Steve Trifone noted that while there was a lot of interest from outside applicants, he decided it was important to keep the position in-house. Trifone said he spoke to three current staff members and the decision was made to hire Drust as interim head coach.
“We wanted to keep it in-house. It’s important for the kids to have some continuity,” Trifone said.
Drust has apparently spoken to many of the coaches who all expressed interest in returning to the team. Rich Pulisciano, who resigned earlier this year, will be back to serve in an administrative role with the team.
Ecke resigned last month after apparently being given an ultimatum to either leave or be fired. The final decision came after a public outburst during a lacrosse game in Glastonbury, where his son was injured. Ecke apparently stormed the field and confronted officials, which led to police being called to the scene. Sources have told The Herald that the decision to fire Ecke was not based on the one incident but, rather, was one in a series of incidents where Ecke's temper got the better of him.
Trifone stated that spring practice is still canceled, and the football season will just begin earlier in the fall. He noted that a picnic is being planned to introduce Drust to the football community.