Cunningham expected to resign as WHS football coach

It is being reported that Bruce Cunningham is expected to resign as head coach of the Wilton High football team.

Director of athletics Chris McDougall verified that Cunningham intends to resign. He could not discuss the reasons for Cunningham’s leaving, only to say the coach had been thinking about it for a while.

“He felt like it was time,” he said, adding that Cunningham still had not officially resigned as of Friday.

The Fairfield County sports site The Ruden Report tweeted on Thursday that, according to its sources, the decision was a "parent-driven move.”

McDougall said once the school gets the resignation in writing, it will form a committee to begin the search for a new head coach.

But he said it will be hard to replace Cunningham, whose contributions to the students he coached went way beyond coaching.

“He worked to build character and sportsmanship and integrity in all his players. He turned young freshmen into men,” he said.

Cunningham has been head coach of the Warriors since 2009. Before that he served as defensive coordinator under Tim Eagen for eight seasons. He was also an assistant coach for three years (1987-1989) under head coach Tom Fujitani.

Cunningham will continue to work at the high school as a physical education teacher, and as assistant varsity softball coach.

Calls to coach Cunningham were not returned.