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Trinity Catholic alumni Trinity Catholic ‘is in good hands’

February 15, 2019 GMT

Dear editor,

As alumni of Trinity Catholic, Stamford Catholic, and interested supporters of the football team for many years, we were taken aback by the Feb. 12 article written by Scott Ericson on the Trinity athletic program.

Trinity is committed to athletics as a key part of the holistic education process. The departure of some of our coaches, and athletic director doesn’t mean they are not still supporting the strong tradition and success of the sports program at Trinity.

Many of the quotes attributed in the article seem to be out of context and recycled from old stories in December and January. What prompted an article at this juncture? The article is filled with innuendo and leading terms seemingly meant to raise more questions than provide the real progress that has been made during the transition.

Many schools today face dwindling enrollment in the flux of our communities and economy. Stamford High and Westhill, which together have thousands of students, didn’t field a hockey team in either school and had to co-op to do so. Same in Fairfield.

The fact is, if Trinity Catholic High School decides to co-op in football to gain greater numbers, it will have a positive impact to both schools. Trinity can potentially provide other student athletes the opportunity to play football who currently don’t have a team.

Because of our size, the Trinity teams have to be better disciplined, trained, and tough — both physically and mentally. We have a nucleus of students and leaders to grow and re-shape our program for success — our tradition! Our kids go out and give their all against much larger schools such as Greenwich High, Darien, Staples and others. They always compete.

The Crusaders story is one of opportunity, excitement, and optimism for this coming season. Trinity is in good hands, and is addressing its challenges well. And that’s good for the students, good for Trinity Catholic, and good for the Stamford community.

First Down Club Board: Tom Duddie, Class of ’74; Michael O’Leary, Class of ’74; Michael Mezzapelle, Class of ’74; Tom Dougherty, Class of ’79; Chris D’Onofrio, Class of ’99.