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Caouette brings 20 years of coaching experience to Avon football

New Avon High football coach Jim Caouette

New Avon High football coach Jim Caouette

AVON, February 26 – Jim Caouette, a long-time assistant coach with 20 years of coaching experience under his belt, was named as the new head football coach at Avon High earlier this month. He will become the eighth head coach in the program’s history.

Caoutte replaces Brett Quinion, who resigned in November after 10 seasons leading the Falcons, the second-longest tenure in school history. Quinion led Avon to a record of 67-37, five Pequot Uncas Division titles and three CIAC playoff appearances.

Caouette was selected from a field of six candidates. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Newell Porch and Superintendent Gary Mala for giving me this tremendous opportunity,” Caouette said. “It is an honor and a privilege being named the next head football coach at Avon High School.  I am looking forward to meeting the team and getting to work!”

While this is Caouette’s first head coaching job, he has plenty of experience on both sides of the ball. He has coached at Wolcott High, Waterbury’s Wilby High, Woodland Regional and Cheshire High. He also spent a year coaching at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury in 2005.

At Wolcott High, he was part of a staff that helped turn around the team. Playing in the challenging Naugatuck Valley League, Wolcott had back-to-back eight win seasons in 2008 and 2009 for the first time in the program’s history. Caouette was the offensive coordinator of the Eagle team in 2009 that had over 4,000 yards of total offense and was ranked No. 2 in the NVL. In 2008, he was Wolcott’s defensive coordinator and the Eagles were ranked No. 2 in the NVL and No. 12 in the state.

At Woodland Regional, he was part of the 2007 team that won its first-ever NVL Cooper Division championship and qualified for the CIAC Class SS semifinals. His most recent position was as the defensive coordinator at Wilby High in 2011.

“I would also like to thank my predecessor Brett Quinion,” Caouette said. “He did a great job over the last 10 years.  Hopefully we can continue to build off this recent success and propel the program to new levels of success.”

Caouette is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.

Caouette coached at Wolcott on three occasions from 1993-2001, 2004 and 2008-10. He was at Woodland for two seasons (2006-07) and at Cheshire for two seasons (2002-03). He was at Western Connecticut State in 2005.

Learn more about Avon football at Avon Football Online.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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