FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Prep football coach Tom Shea was named the MSG Varsity Coach of the Year in Connecticut on Monday.
Shea, a 1973 grad of Prep and an English teacher at the school, has led the team to the Class LL championship game. Prep will play Southington for the championship Thursday in a game that has been postponed three times due to snow and the inability to clear the bleachers of ice at West Haven High School.
Prep, 11-2, is having one of its best seasons in decades. Shea has orchestrated the turnaround of the program, which went 0-10 in 2009. Shea became head coach in 2010 and the team has improved each year under his guidance. He played football for the Jesuits and at Harvard University.
Prep has won seven straight games and qualified for the state tournament by knocking off powerful Xavier and West Haven in its final two regular season games. The Jesuits have extended their roll into the post season, beating Glastonbury and West Haven again to reach the championship game.
The complete list of MSG Varsity honors is available online.