Boys Basketball Bunnell’s Yerina steps down
Pat Yerina has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Bunnell High School, he told Hearst Connecticut Media in an email sent Wednesday.
Yerina coached 21 seasons at Bunnell, leading the program to 305 wins, four South West-Conference championships and one state title.
“After 21 years, I have decided it is time for a change,” Yerina said in an email. “I have resigned as varsity boys basketball coach at Bunnell High School. I would like to thank all my former players, my entire coaching staff (past and present), the parents and the Bunnell community for their unwavering support and commitment in helping make the Bunnell boys basketball team a highly successful program.
“I continue to have a passion and a competitive spirit for the game and coaching. I look forward to pursuing other coaching opportunities.”
In a text message sent to Hearst Connecticut Media, Yerina said the decision was his alone. “Needed a change,” he said.
Yerina’s tenure was highlighted by a trip to the Class L final in 2015, which resulted in the Bulldogs winning their first and only state championship in a 72-61 victory over Naugatuck. That season also included an SWC title and ended with Yerina being named the New Haven Register State Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs produced a slew of talent under Yerina’s watch, including six all-state players: Shiwon Davis, Billy Degree, Matt Nolting, Isaac Vann, Ryan Pittman and Zhyaire Fernandes.
Last season, Bunnell went 12-11 and lost in the SWC quarterfinals and second round of the Division-III state tournament.