Cheshire High School football coach keeps his job, following outpouring of support from players and alumni


CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — A well-respected high school football coach had been fighting for his job in Cheshire. Don Drust met with Board of Education officials Monday to talk about his future with the Rams.

When word got out that his job was in jeopardy, more than a hundred current and former players showed up outside the meeting to show support for Drust.

According to sources, there was apparently a clerical issue with a coaching certificate. That error has been corrected.

On Wednesday, the Cheshire Superintendent’s office issued a statement that Drust will stay on as coach:

Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey F. Solan, Ed.D. has announced that the recent situation concerning Cheshire High School Football Coach, Don Drust, has concluded. There were some concerns brought forward that after an investigation have been resolved. I appreciate the fact that the community has stood behind one of our coaches and affirmed what we know of Coach Drust to be a tremendous asset to our students. His character was not in question. We are lucky to have Coach Drust supporting and mentoring our children. We look forward to Coach Drust continuing with our students this fall.

Office of Cheshire Superintendent, Jeffrey F. Sloan

While the coach waited out a decision on his future Monday, his former and current players rallied to show their support.

“We’re here just to support coach Drust, help show what he’s instilled in us farther than football,’ said Shumilla. “He’s taught us a lot of lessons and one is being part of a family. And we just want to be here for him when things might not be going too well.”

“It just shows you how good of a guy he is,” Cheshire team captain Nick Didomizio adds. “Throughout the years, and making such an impact on everyone’s life. From players that played before me and in the future. And it just shows what he teaches kids and how much people respect him for what he does and how he treats everyone.”

After some tense moments, Didomizio and the rest of the Rams will have Drust around for another year.

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