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Former Conard Coach Nominated to Receive National Award

Tom Verrengia coaches Conard in game vs. Farmington. Photo courtesy of Mike D'Avino

Tom Verrengia, longtime coach of West Hartford’s Conard High School softball team, is the Connecticut nominee for National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year for softball.

Tom Verrengia gives instructions to the Conard softball team. Photo courtesy of Theresa Lerner

Tom Verrengia gives instructions to the Conard softball team. Photo courtesy of Theresa Lerner

By Ronni Newton

Tom Verrengia coached the Conard softball team for 21 seasons before retiring in June 2016, but one more achievement may just be the icing on the cake of a very successful career.

Verrengia has been nominated as Connecticut’s representative for National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors and will compete with finalists from other states for the national honor that will be bestowed at at the association’s convention in Illinois in June 2017.

During his long career at Conard, Verrengia’s teams won 282 games. He led the team to five league titles, and in 2011 Conard won the Class LL State Championship with a 4-1 victory over Westhill High School of Stamford.

Verrengia took over as head coach of the softball program at Conard in 1996 as successor to Pam Moffo. Before coaching at Conard he coached the Hall High School’s freshman softball team for three years.

In 2003, Verrengia was named the Unified Sports Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

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Tom Verrengia coaches Conard in game vs. Farmington. Photo courtesy of Mike D'Avino

Tom Verrengia coaches Conard in game vs. Farmington. Photo courtesy of Mike D’Avino

 

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5 Comments

  • Coach V also coaches JV field hockey and assists with V field hockey! He’s a favorite among the players for his coaching style and manner! As a parent I see him as a wonderful supportive coach and great role model! He deserves this honor!

  • A very well deserved honor for an outstanding Coach as well as a person. I have had the honor of knowing the entire Verrengia family for over twenty five years, and I can honest say Tom is not only and outstanding Coach, but a tremendous role model for the youth of West Hartford. This would be a wonderful tribute and honor richly deserved.

    John Looby, WHPD Ret.

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