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CHSCA Hall to Induct Nine
 By Paul Rosano
Nine coaches will be honored as 2019 inductees to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame at its 43rd annual ceremony Nov. 21 at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7 p.m.
Coaches James N. Brophy (posthumously); Edmund But- ler; Nicholas Chaconis; Robin Deary Fillmore; Jackie Ann DiNardo; Bill Hunt; Sandi Piantek; Maribeth Sarnacki; and Robert Trifone will be inducted.
Tickets for the dinner are $46 and available in advance by contacting the CHSCA office at P.O. Box 632, Southing- ton, CT 06487 or by calling 860-628-4122 or e-mailing John Fontana at jfontana01@snet.net.
Nicholas Chaconis coached girls basketball for 41 years (1976-2016) and girls track & field for 40 (1974-2015) at Portland High. He compiled a career record in basketball of 548-345 and won a state championship in 2011, with a state runner-up finish in 2010.
His teams reached the state semifinals 10 times, the first in 1978, and they won eight league titles between 1977 and 1992. His boys track team were league champions in 1982 and his girls teams won three league titles in a row from 1982-84, including an undefeated season in 1982.
He was named CHSCA girls basketball Coach of the Year in 1985 and was a National High School Athletic As- sociation Coach of the Year finalist in 2001 and 2005.
Edmund J. Butler has coached boys and girls indoor track for 34 years (1979-present) at Masuk High. He has also coached girls outdoor track for 29 seasons and cross country for 10 at Masuk.
Most seasons he coached multiple teams in multiple sports, including football for four years at Masuk. He has a career total of 14 league championships, including six girls indoor titles between 1996 and 2005.
He was named CHSCA Indoor Track Coach of the Year in 1998 and CHSCA girls track Coach of the Year in 2006. Bill Hunt coached baseball for 43 years (1968-2010) at Bethel High and for three at Immaculate-Danbury (1962- 64). He won more than 475 games at Bethel and more than
500 overall.
His teams won two Western Connecticut Conference ti-
tles and three South-West Conference titles. They advanced to CIAC Class championship finals twice (L, 1991; M, 1981) and finished the ’91 season 22-2, 17-1 regular season.
He also served as assistant football coach for 33 sea- sons and freshmen basketball coach for 17 at Bethel.
He was inducted into the Bethel High Hall of Fame in 2013 and the school dedicated and renamed its baseball field William J. Hunt Field in 2011. He was selected CHS- CA Baseball Coach of the Year in 1992.
Danbury High for more than 30 years (1987-present) and girls volleyball for 15 (2000-2015). She has coached in more than 775 games with more than 500 wins.
Her team reached the state final once during the 1988- 89 season, eight semifinals between ’88-’89 and 2013-14, and quarterfinals 11 times. They won seven Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference titles, including three in a row, and three FCIAC tournament championships in a row from 2011-12 to 2013-2014. Her team was undefeated at 20-0 in the 2011-12 regular season.
She has been named FCIAC Coach of the Year twice and was inducted into the conference’s Hall of Fame in 2015. She won the Women’s Sports Foundation Title IX Award in 2000, and was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Bas- ketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and CIAC Hall in 2015.
She was named CHSCA Coach of the Year in 2017 and was a NHSCA Coach of the Year finalist in 2018. She was inducted in the University of Texas (where she was an All-America selection) Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Robin Deary Fillmore coached gymnastics for 28 years (1987-2015) at Killingly High and 17 years at Woodstock Academy (1998-2015). Her career record at Killingly was 234-44 and 125-43 at Woodstock.
She won five state class championships at each school, including five in a row at Woodstock from 2011-2015. Her Woodstock teams won five State Open titles and three New England championships.
In 2012, she coached Woodstock (Class M) and Kill- ingly (Class S) to state titles on the same day.
She has coached four gymnasts to multiple individual, State Open and New England titles, including four state championships and three Open championships by her daughter Kasey Fillmore.
Her Killingly teams won 10 Eastern Connecticut Confer- ence league titles, four in a row, and her Woodstock teams for seven consecutive ECC titles.
She was named Connecticut High School Coach of the Year four times and CHSCA Coach of the Year in 1995.
James N. Brophy, being inducted posthumously, coached 28 years (1965-94) at Bulkeley and 10 at New- ington (1995-2005). He had a 340-205 career record at Bulkeley and added 43 victories at Newington.
He won 17 league titles: 10 in the Capitol District Con- ference and six in the Central Connecticut Conference South at Bulkeley and one in the CCC North at Newington.
His teams won 21 Hartford City Series titles, compet- ed among Bulkeley, Hartford Public and Weaver. He was named CHSCA Coach of the Year in 1979 and Connecticut Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association COTY in 1994.
The Hartford Board of Education renamed the high school pool to James N. Brophy Natatorium in 1996.
 Jackie Ann DiNardo has coached girls basketball at
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