Former Newington swim coach Brophy elected to CHSCA Hall of Fame

Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:02


NEWINGTON - Former Newington swim coach James Brophy will now be forever enshrined among the greatest coaches in Connecticut high school history.

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association announced its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees on Tuesday, and among the nine selections was the late Brophy, who coached the Indians from 1995-2005 and won a CCC North title during his time at Newington.

Prior to his tenure with the Indians, Brophy coached at Bulkely for 28 years, winning the Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award in 1994, the year before he arrived at Newington.

Brophy’s impressive resume also includes a CHSCA Coach of the Year award, which he won in 1979. The Hartford Board of Education renamed the high school pool to James N. Brophy Natatorium in 1996, while Brophy was in his early years with the Indians.

Brophy finished his coaching career with a 340-205 career record at Bulkeley and added 43 victories at Newington. He also won 16 other league titles in addition to his one with Newington - 10 in the Capitol District Conference and six in the Central Connecticut Conference South at Bulkeley. Brophy’s teams won 21 Hartford City Series titles as well.

Also included in the Class of 2019 were Edmund Butler, Nicholas Chaconis, Robin Deary Fillmore, Jackie Ann DiNardo, Bill Hunt, Sandi Piantek, Maribeth Sarnacki and Robert Trifone. The induction ceremony will be held on Nov. 21 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, with an expected start time of 7 p.m.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:02. Updated: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:04.