COACHING STAFF

JOE DELLA VECCHIA - HEAD COACH

Joe Dellavecchia has been coaching at St. Joe’s for 31 years, serving as head coach since 1998. A 1981 graduate of the school, he played both football (all-league 1979, 1980) and baseball (all-league 1981) while at St. Joe’s, and has been directly involved in nine of St. Joe’s 13 state football championships; first as a player, he was captain of the 1980 team – the first football state championship in school history; as an assistant coach (1988, 1989, and 1990), and as head coach (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018).

He has also won numerous coaching awards over the years; CHSCA Assistant Coach of the Year (1997), FCIAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, 2013), CT Post Coach of the Year (2009), New Haven Register Coach of the Year (2010), National Football Foundation Coach of the Year (2009, 2010).  ​

Coach Dell has the unique distinction of winning a state football championship at the same school as a player, an assistant coach, a head coach, and while coaching his son, Joseph, who was an all-state quarterback on the 2009 and 2010 state championship teams.

​In addition to coaching football at St. Joes, Coach Dell was an assistant coach for the school's 2006, 2007 and 2010 girl's state championship softball teams, and is currently an assistant girls lacrosse coach.

A teacher in the Stratford school system, he is married to the former Kathleen Morrissey (SJ 1981), and they have four children; Christine (SJ 2009), Joseph (SJ 2011), Lauren (SJ 2013), Kara (SJ 2015).

joedell@sjcadets.org

GARY CLARK - ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Clark, a graduate of Notre Dame High School (West Haven) holds a degree in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University. He has coached at the high school, post graduate and collegiately for over twenty years.  The Fairfield resident helps coordinate the defense for the Hogs. 

JIM CHAVES - ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Chaves enters his 17 seasons as a member of the St. Joe’s football staff, working with receivers, and in 2015 taking over primary playing calling duties, serving as the team's offensive coordinator.  During that time, the Hogs have reached the playoffs 4 consecutive seasons, reaching the finals in 2016, 2017, and 2018 while winning the 2017 and 2018 state championship (41-8 Record).  Since 2015, the St Joseph offense has amassed 16,741 total yards for an average of 4,185 yards per season, passing for 10,402 yards.  They've piled up 1,843 points for an average over 38 points a game.  In the last 4 seasons, Hogs' quarterbacks have thrown 132 touchdown passes. With quarterbacks throwing over the 30 TD mark 3 consecutive seasons hitting a high water mark of 49 by standout David Summers in the 2017 season.  In 2018 state championship game against Berlin the St. Joseph offense exploded for 70 points setting a state record for most points in a championship game.

 

A 1998 graduate of St. Joe’s, he was a two year starter in football (2nd Team All-FCIAC in 1997), and a three year starter in baseball (twice named All-FCIAC East), serving as captain of the Cadet’s 1998 FCIAC Championship team. He played collegiate baseball at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, and was member of 2000 Golden Knights' team that reached the Division II College World Series. Also serving as St. Joe's varsity baseball coach, his 2013 and 2019 teams won the CT Class M State Championship. Coach Chaves resides in Stratford with his wife Christine.​

GREG TONZOLA - ASSISTANT COACH
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CHRIS BUGYI - ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Bugyi has been a member of the St. Joe’s football staff for seven seasons, and is a 1999 graduate of Milford Academy, where he played football and baseball. Prior to joining the Hog's staff, Coach Bugyi spent 10 years as a football assistant at West Haven HS under former St. Joe's coach Ed McCarthy. He has served as baseball recruiting cordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island from 2004-2007, and held the same position at University of Bridgeport from 2008 - 2009. He is also a baseball coach at St. Joe's, and has coached Trumbull's American Legion team from 2006-2012. Coach Bugyi works at Jonathon Law HS in Milford and currently lives in West Haven

DAVE CHERVANSKY - ASSISTANT COACH

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BRENNAN FRAZCEK- ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Fraczek, a seventh year member of the St. Joe’s football staff,  serves as the teams offensive line coach. Coach Frazcek played at Newtown High School, where he was a member of the 1990 and 1992 class MM state championship teams. He lives in Trumbull with Johanna and their three sons Gavin, Keenan, and Beckett, and is a history teacher at Stratford High School.

JOHN FINAN - ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Finan is in his 9th year as freshmen wide receivers coach.  A St. Joe’s graduate (Class of 2006),  he played football all four years while attending St. Joe’s, and received the Spirit Award, signifying his commitment to his school, his coaches and his teammates, as a senior.  Finan also served as the varsity baseball team’s manager his junior and senior year.  A 2010 graduate of Springfield College, Coach Finan works for United Healthcare.

STEVE NEUGEBAUER - ASSISTANT COACH

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JOHN LAWSON - ASSISTANT COACH

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