CORNWALL - Mike Connolly, in the midst of his fifth year as head football coach and a teacher at Cornwall High School, has resigned from both positions.
Connolly confirmed to The Times Herald-Record that he has stepped down for personal reasons. Offensive coordinator Eric Holzapple will take over as head coach. The Green Dragons (5-0, 1-0 Class A Division I) were playing at Roosevelt on Friday night.
“It was a personal decision my wife and I came to,” Connolly told the Times Herald-Record. “I knew probably two days ago.”
Connolly, the 2017 Varsity845 Coach of the Year, went 42-7 in his stint with Cornwall, winning a Section 9 Class A championship in each of his four full seasons. This year, the Dragons boast the most impressive resume in the section – with wins over Pine Bush, Marlboro, Warwick and Monroe-Woodbury and a No. 3 state ranking among Class A teams.
Connolly says he doesn’t know his next professional step but will in the near future.
“I was fortunate enough for five years to work with some outstanding people and coaches and, probably most importantly, 40 kids every year who were just amazing,” Connolly said. “Obviously that was the hardest part of the whole decision was them. I’m just really grateful for my time there.”