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Cheshire High School football coach’s employment status with district uncertain

Cheshire High School football coach’s employment status with district uncertain



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CHESHIRE — Cheshire High School head football coach Don Drust Jr.'s future with the team is uncertain at this point.

Cheshire Public Schools Athletic Director Steve Trifone described the matter as a personnel issue, but said there was little else he could say on it. 

“As far as I know, it's ongoing,” Trifone said. “It's under discussion.

Drust met with school district administrators, including Superintendent Jeffrey Solan, Monday morning. He was greeted by dozens of current and former athletes and their families in the parking lot of Humiston School, where the district offices are located. 

Drust, who was hired as an assistant coach in 2007, became the interim head football coach in 2012. He was later appointed the permanent head coach, a position he has held since. His wife, Kristine Drust, is head coach of the Cheshire High School girls softball team. 

Solan said in an email to the Record-Journal Monday afternoon that Drust's employment with the district has not been terminated. 

"There is an ongoing personnel matter which I am not at liberty to comment on," Solan wrote.

Board of Education Chairman Anthony Perugini also described the issue as a personnel matter, adding that he and other board members were not privy to all the details. 

Abby Abramson, a 2017 graduate of Cheshire High School, and a former softball player, was one of the dozens who showed up at Humiston in support of the Drusts. Abramson said she and other former and current athletes are looking for transparency from the Cheshire Board of Education and Town Council regarding Drust's status. 

“Both coaches have done so much for Cheshire High School athletics,” Abramson said. 

The rally was organized by football players and their parents, and word quickly spread to other student athletes and their families.

“I think today really showed the town how much we do support both Don and Kristine Drust, as they have done so much,” Abramson said. 

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