Salvatore resigns as Wilton girls soccer coach

After two seasons in charge, John Salvatore has resigned as head coach of the Wilton High girls soccer team.

According to Wilton High Athletic Director Chris McDougal, Salvatore stepped down last month.

“It was for personal reasons,” said McDougal. “He’s a busy guy, and I think he wanted to spend more time with his wife and family.”

Salvatore is the President of Wilton-based Soccer Extreme, which organizes and runs clubs, camps and international tours, and he is also the executive director of CT Rush, the largest premier soccer club in the world. In addition, Salvatore is the director of coaching for the Wilton Soccer Club.

Salvatore, who could not be immediately reached for comment, compiled a 25-7-9 record in his two seasons, including a 10-3-6 mark last fall. Wilton fell to Staples in both the conference quarterfinals and the Class LL second round.

In 2013, Salvatore’s first year as head coach, the Warriors went 15-4-3, losing to St. Joseph, 1-0, in the FCIAC finals and to Branford, 1-0, in the Class L quarterfinals.

With Salvatore’s departure, Wilton will have its fourth head coach in five seasons next fall. Salvatore replaced Megan Rodriguez, who did not have her contract renewed following the 2012 season. Rodriguez had taken over midway through the 2011 season, when head coach Scott Neumann was placed on administrative leave for alleged misconduct and then resigned.

McDougal said several candidates have already applied for the job, including Renato Topalli, an assistant to Salvatore last fall.