Naugatuck High School Football Coach Resigns Amid Probe

Rob Plasky, who coached Naugatuck for 12 years, has given his resignation letter to school officials.


Longtime Naugatuck High School football Coach Rob Plasky has resigned from the position as an  continues into whether he violated CIAC rules by giving money to the mother of two possile transfers.

Plasky, who was about to enter his 12th season, officially handed in a resignation letter to school officials, NHS Principal Jan Saam confirmed Friday morning.

In a prepared statement, Saam wrote: "During his tenure, (Plasky) showed passion for the game and commitment to the students and program by working closely with administration and the athletic director. He was well liked by the players and his actions were always with the best intentions of the athletes in mind."

Saam said she was not at liberty to comment on the specifics of Plasky's resignation because of the ongoing investigation. 

"It is a regrettable situation and I wish only the best for Coach Plasky," Saam stated. "I am grateful for the many years he brought his expertise to the high school to build up the football program. Many students benefited from his instruction, leadership and caring both on and off the field over the course of the years." 

Saam said she and Athletic Director Tom Pompei will work quickly to find a suitable replacement so that athletes are ready for the football season.

Naugatuck Patch reported Thursday that Plasky was under investigation by borough officials for allegedly giving money to the mother of Javon Martin, a Sacred Heart High School quarterback. Meme Martin, Javon's mother, is also the legal guardian of David Coggins, a collegiate Div. 1-caliber wide receiver who had verbally committed to Boston College. Both players wanted to transfer to Naugy from Sacred Heart for their senior years.

The Republican-American reported this week that Meme Martin was having trouble paying bills, and therefore Sacred Heart wouldn't release their transcripts, prohibiting them from transfering. 

Naugatuck Patch has learned that Plasky asked for $2,000 from the Naugatuck Football Alumni Association, a volunteer organization and fund-raising club for the football program, to give money to Meme Martin.

Sources said alumni association co-chair Frank Johnson Jr. did not know he was doing anything that could have been in violation of CIAC rules. Johnson later felt uncomfortable with the situation and approached Pompei after discussing it with Plasky, sources said.

Pat D August 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
We should leave judgement to the legal system. As for how things work in this town, I believe the mayor has given out free gas and the BOE has allowed students to go to our schools even though they have moved out of the district and are not paying taxes. Looks like the coach has learned from others examples.
Mongo August 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
My name is Mongo and no I didn't play for Coach Plasky but my son did so I know much more than you may think... I appreciate the hard work and effort he put in but sometimes his methodologies and interests were more self serving than that of his interests to the players... so I wouldn't judge what I know or don't as I have been going to Naugy games since i was 10 yrs old... by the way I played for Coach Vin and his dad in the old NJFL... go Cherry St. Giants
black scott August 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'd love to see the old naugy teams that had 10k on thanksgiving. My family use to goto every game.... Now forget it. Doesn't mean the same thing with Plasky! The kids don't play the same. I'm glad he's gone!!! It shouldn't have take so long.
Trip McNeely August 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Grumpy Guy August 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Sad thing is, some people are blinded by loyalty to Plasky. Good coach or bad coach isnt what we're talking about here. the issue is a clear violation of HS athletics rules. And you know what, if he really is such a stand-up guy, why did he have to involve the NFAA? Now there name is dirty too. If he took the money out of his own pocket, then the blame would only be on him. Now the NFAA looks bad too.
Steve Fainer August 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Hey tough guy way to hide behind your screen name and call me out by mine. Mike Parente and myself and maybe one other are the only ones with the guts to use our real names. What Plasky did was wrong plain and simple regardless of how I feel about him. The CIAC will come down hard on this school and program and it's his fault. He was trying to improve his team, not help a "poor lady" who should have sent her kids to public schools in Waterbury. The shuttle of players from Waterbury to Naugatuck has to stop...and now it will.
lifer August 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Sacred Heart has been doing this for years and they have DESTROYED a lot of kids!! They take the kids under so called scholarships for their teams....Then if something doesn't work out.....The scholarship is gone....They hold them to that tuition bill and will not let the kids go or play anywhere else!! For some of these kids, sports is the only thing that keeps them off the streets and out of trouble. Sacred Heart is committing the real crime here!!!
Paul Singley August 25, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Sorry. Frank Johnson Jr. is the head of the Naugy Football Alumni Association.
Justine Walsh August 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM
This has been happening for years at other schools, cough cough (Ansonia, Holy Cross , Sacred Heart,just to name a few)... Lets all remember this is about the sport and the sportsmanship! CIAC has been turning a blind eye to these other school for years, well I say its time to step up and look at them all! Lets get real here! Coach Plasky is no different than these other coaches. So, the only lost here is the boys who are about to get their season on, and they have to contend with the BS of all this nonsense. SO Naugy boys get your game on, and show Naugy Pride!
Tom Hayden August 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Coach Vin should get the job, we would have a great team with his talent, knowledge and ability to bring the best out of the kids. Vin, are you available to fill the position??
Mike August 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM
While I can appreciate the Parente's loyalty and appreciation for Rob's work with the football team, you can't get around that paying kids bills so that they can transfer to your school is not permitted. It's in the same vein as paying kids to come to your college program to play.
Bskillz August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
These dudes soft nowadays. Get Peters in there. Tell em Trip, preach
James R Stevens Sr August 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Rob has had his heart with these kids for many years, the entire Plasky family has given to naugatuck most of there lives. Sorry to hear his gone. As Coach Peters was to naugy so was Rob...
Jason Climpsey August 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Rob Plasky is a fair and stand up guy inside and outside of football, BUT he should have used his own money, if this was truly an act of good nature. Using money that was gathered together through fundraising FOR Naugatuck is wrong because... these people were not NHS students, nor even lived in Naugatuck. If you live in Waterbury you can not go to Naugatuck public schools, why? because you pay taxes to the city of Waterbury not Naugatuck. Regardless of Rob Plasky's good nature, he also has a very competitive side to him and I would not put it past him to do something like this, although it may have been an act of kindness in some eyes, kindness only goes so far!
John M August 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Sad to have this situation come up right before the start of the season. It's unfair to the kids on the team who live in this town. Naugy Pride. As a former player Captain under Coach Peters, Harrison, Coach Vin, Rek, Hughes, I can only say we were led with dignity and respect. Taught hard work and to get better week by week. I can't remember any players getting any kind if money to play. Understandably, Plasky was trying to help someone in need that's fine, but you can't help someone in need who just so happens to play football and wants to transfer. As well as take money from a fund dedicated to our football program. It's against the rules. $$ out of his own pocket could have avoided these accusations. Great coach or not, he will be missed by his players who loved him no doubt. Unfortunately, life goes on and we will move forward without him. I'm sure he will coach somewhere else. Let's go Greyhounds.
Coach Vin August 25, 2012 at 03:24 PM
It would be an honor!
Tom Hayden August 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Peters belonged in pop Warner football, simpleton.
Trip McNeely August 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Comparing plasky to coach peters?? Come on man...let's not kid ourselves.... It's not even close.. Can't beleive some of you think it's ok but the head coach of a football team can't pay the family of a potential transfer 2 grand. That would obviously influence the kids decision on where to go which is why there are rules against this type of behavior. Plasky knew that, which is why he resigned so quickly once this got out. Theres no way to defend what he allegedly did.
black scott August 25, 2012 at 05:12 PM
does that mean we could see coach vin back?
Jimmy Ayash August 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Well said John
black scott August 25, 2012 at 06:46 PM
So, who is the next football coach at Naugatuck High School
Michael Parente August 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I love coach Peterson but he was fair from prefect and has way more questionable things then Robby however mr collettle was afraid of Peterson and look the other way a lot.. As way robby had Pompeli who is a stickler for the rules.. Nobody says anything about d hall saying he lived at my house to play for Naugy. Same on you Chaz u were the captain so rethink what you just wrote!! I love u but u I am for the truth
Michael Parente August 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM
What Rob did was wrong 100 percent but attacking him personify is b.s and a lot of that is going on.. I agree if u do the crime do the time..
Michael Parente August 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mango your so wrong!! I had a star linebacker in the 90s Robb my house it was on the news found with my father guns in school and he played and he was my coach my jr year so tell me again about manhood and growth.. He should of never been able to play or coach me not they were aware of who I was but I was forced to show him respect..
Grumpy Guy August 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Sorry Jason, cant agree on the stand up guy part. What he did was 1000% WRONG and against HS athletics rules. A stand up guy doesnt do this and doesnt get another organization involved. And really, if it was REALLY "an act of good nature" like you said, it would be to help some unknown 3rd string lineman. This was a ploy to get an all-state caliber player into the program- dont sugar coat it.
Really? August 26, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Ummmm....Maybe you better reread your post, it doesn't completely make sense!
John August 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Hey Jimmy - It is great that you are proud of your family name and that your family is the heart of the restaurant. I am also a small business owner and I agree with you that each of us should set our place the way we see fit. But, for our businesses to succeed we also need to do what will bring the customers to us and keep them coming back. You told black scott if he really cared he should come talk to you and tell you where you can improve. Jimmy, he already did that and you shot him down and told him he needed to come tell you in private. I have been to your place before and I also agree with him about the name and the decor/atmosphere, In fact everyone I that I know that has been there has told me the same thing about the decor. They way you have the place set up has not necessarily kept me or others away - but it also has not drawn us back. I do wish you the best with your business but you also need to have an open mind when it comes to customers suggestions.
Jimmy Ayash August 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
John, Thank you for the feed back and your honestly, again thanks for taking the time.
Time 2 Pay Da Bills August 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM
How many other mothers (football or non-football) did Plasky give money to? Or was it only top caliber football players mothers?
Dan December 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Soon we start a new year,Rumours have plasky oaching again at a local college.But what about the other person who gave him the check Mr.Johnson,Is he still the president of the booster club and if so WHY??????


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