Nelson Mingachos to resign as Immaculate girls soccer coach at season’s end

This will be the final CIAC state tournament for the Immaculate girls soccer team under head coach Nelson Mingachos.

Mingachos is resigning after 17 seasons as head coach - and several more as an assistant coach in the program. He has won 10 state championships since taking over for Matt Micros in 2004.

Mingachos is in his fourth year as the school’s athletic director and said he needed more time to dedicate to that position.

“Once I took over the AD position, the fall and the spring seasons are totally chaotic,” Mingachos said. “We have so many programs in both the fall and the spring. I want to be 100 percent into everything, and I felt I wasn’t putting more time into girls soccer as I wanted to. I wanted to do it all, but I want to make sure all of the other programs have the attention they deserve.”

Mingachos, a 51-year-old Danbury resident, has compiled a 226-63-60 mark with the Mustangs. Immaculate won Class S state championships in 2004-06 (co-championship in 2006 with Cromwell) and 2008-12 (co-championship with Old Lyme in 2009).

The Mustangs also won Class L in 2014 and shared the 2016 Class M title with Notre Dame-Fairfield. The only loss in a final came in the 2018 Class S championship game against Old Lyme.

Immaculate won four South-West Conference championships (2004-05, 2012 and 2017). Mingachos was the SWC Coach of the Year eight times — including this season — and the Danbury News-Times Coach of the Year five times.

Mingachos was also the NCSAA New England Coach of the Year in 2009 among several other coaching awards.

Mingachos will remain on as head boys basketball coach. He said there are fewer sports at the school during the winter time, so he can still do both jobs in those months.

“I started talking to my wife (Kellie) in late September. Once the (fall) season really started, a lot of things were happening with all of my programs. I was getting pulled in so many different directions,” Mingachos said. “Our administration has been great. They have tried everything possible to see if I could continue to do girls soccer.”

Mingachos said he told his players before the SWC tournament began. The Mustangs lost in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Immaculate should be the No. 9 seed in the Class S state tournament when the pairings are released on Friday. The Mustangs will host a first-round game on Monday.

“The kids come first, the relationships you build with them going to their weddings and christenings. The championships, you can’t ever forget those and those who played in those games,” Mingachos said. “I hope the next coach comes in and stays on for a bunch of years like I did.”; @nhrJoeMorelli