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Naugy Football Coach Suspended, Under Investigation

Sources say Rob Plasky gave money to mother, legal guardian of potential transfers from Sacred Heart.

Naugatuck High School football coach Rob Plasky is on paid leave as borough officials investigate whether he violated CIAC rules by giving money to the mother of standout players who wanted to transfer to Naugy.  

Plasky, a 42-year-old Naugy alum who has been head coach at NHS since 2001, is alleged to have given $2,000 to a mother who complained of trouble paying bills. Sources identified the woman as Meme Martin, the mother of quarterback Javon Martin and legal guardian of David Coggins, a wide receiver who has verbally committed to Div. 1 football power Boston College. Both players wanted to transfer to Naugy for their senior years from Sacred Heart in Waterbury, where they excelled on the gridiron for three years. 

While it is unclear what the money went toward, the Republican-American of Waterbury posted a blog on Tuesday stating the academic transcripts of Martin and Coggins are being withheld by Sacred Heart because part of the tuition for both had not been paid.

Reached by phone Thursday evening, Plasky said he could not discuss the issue.

“I’m fully cooperating with the investigation, and I don’t want to jeopardize that,” he said. He was not at practice on Thursday.

Borough officials are currently investigating the case, and it is unclear if or when the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) will get involved. However, several sources close to the investigation said Naugatuck will notify the CIAC and cooperate with any investigation the agency deems necessary.

While nobody would discuss the issue on record because of the ongoing investigation, Naugatuck Patch has learned that Plasky asked for the $2,000 from the Naugatuck Football Alumni Association, a volunteer organization and fund-raising arm for the football program.

That organization’s co-chairman, Frank Johnson Jr., had no comment on Thursday.

Several sources also said Johnson 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 NHS Athletic Director Tom Pompei after discussing it with Plasky, sources said.

Sources tell Naugatuck Patch that Pompei had warned Plasky to be careful not to violate any potential CIAC violations while the Sacred Heart players were considering a transfer; Pompei specifically told Plasky to not have contact with the players or their families. Meme Martin apparently cried out to Plasky and the football coach tried to help, said sources, who say that Pompei had no knowledge about money changing hands until Johnson approached him with concerns.

Pompei said he could not comment at this time when reached by phone Thursday evening.

Everyone who has a potential involvement in the situation is being asked to give a statement to borough attorney Edward "Ned" Fitzpatrick, sources say. It is unclear how long the investigation will take. 

Meanwhile, Javon Martin and David Coggins, who should be preparing for their senior years, are caught in the middle. And their high school football futures, at least for now, appear to be in limbo.

Jill August 24, 2012 at 04:14 AM
U too tom
John M August 24, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I agree with ct. Should've came out his own pocket with the cash to avoid any speculation. Sad thing is, dude ratted on Plasky and told the A.D. otherwise, may not have been known about. Especially after the first allegation of misusing money a few yrs back. Should take caution when it comes to funds that aren't yours.
2012! August 24, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Leave the man alone! Nothing has been proven yet! The man taught me so much and i wouldnt have wanted to be with aby other team /coach! You say his play calling sucks but you didn't say that when we won the nvls! Is every yeat great no but i won nvls and had a successful last year with him.stop hating on the guy until ita proven
John M August 24, 2012 at 04:34 AM
You won NVLs, yes. Congrats, you guys had a shot at a title but, he didn't put you in a position to win against a small ass team. Should've pounded the ball. Not saying he's a bad dude or terrible coach, just don't think he is great. I played for a great coach but never won NVLs nor states. Really though, this isn't about great coach or not, its about possibly violating the rules and possibly using money again not conducive to the rules. I just hope this doesn't affect the Hounds this season and seasons to come. Let's go Hounds.
John Taylor August 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Never had strong feelings for any of the plaskys and I'm a former student/slash athlete that was coached by both of them. Nobody send to mention how a few star players.on the team were arrested last year a few days before the Thanksgiving game for pot and strangely Al of them were on the field And plasying on Thanksgiving Thursday, great way to set a example Ronald!!! Who cares what goes on in Ansonia, if anything least.their smart enough to keep their name outta it. Haha, get it plaskys! I have a little brother going in to high school this year and I prey that good old Ron Ron will NOT be there still.
whuuuuut August 24, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Great job John.
Bruce August 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Funny how "purely altruistic gestures" never involve players that suck. I guess the lousy players at Sacred Heart didn't need any money.
pat August 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM
It's difficult to decide the better comedy, the story or the comment board.
Naugatuck Resident August 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Why are we bringing Ansonia into this? This is about Naugatuck not ansonia, waterbury, seymour, torrington not any other town, and quite honestly as grown adults you shouldn't be arguing over a news information page. What Plasky's done is quite frankly just embarrassing to our town and all of our sports teams. Naugatuck cheated. Naugatuck got caught.What kind of impression does that give to others? I'm not saying anything about his ability to coach or his character outside of a football setting, but what kind of role model is he to our children and student athletes allowing cheating.
Bill August 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Preach! I was a punter for Naugy in the early 70's. You know what? I always did it with integrity.
SILENT WOLF August 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
These comments are pretty much bashing each other of what we think happened . Let it unfold and then you will have the facts to comment to.Can you imagine what would happen if you were all in one room debating this issue ?
John August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Oh please I hope this isn't true.. Coach Plasky needs to get a realIty check, it's Highschool football no one cares about it it's not the nfl or college, and for him to pay the mother of 2 students that's crazy, of course naugy wants to win but for all we know win or lose nobody cares give it A week and its all forgot. Also for the people talking junk about Wilson need to stop because he exceeded expectations in all honesty the team isn't that good and the competition is much harder in basketball, all the football team worrys about is ansonia, while basketball has to worry about crosby, wilby, sacred heart, holy cross, and watertown. Mike Wilson is younger and a much better coach I'd rather play for a man that plays fair than have another coach still thinking he's 16 doing anything to win a couple of Highschool football games..
tom August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Jill, I would tell you to shut up, sit down, and keep your biased opinion to yourself as well, but I am more mature than that and my opinion is not biased because I have played under every Plasky and actually grew to appreciate them as coaches and the time they volunteer in our youth sports' leagues here in Naugy. However, the fact that you can begin to side with Coach Plasky on this issue is sad because if this is true, (for all of you that still think this is up in the air) then it is a clear violation of the CIAC regulations that I'm sure Coach Plasky is aware of. And yes, if he wanted these players that badly, it should have came out of his own pocket, although that is also illegal, he wouldn't have gotten caught. Lastly, if you "got your facts straight before you talk," you would know that finishing over .500 is actually considered a successful season for Naugatuck basketball considering that they have finished over .500 in only 3 of their last 8 seasons, including last season! Sometimes it is better to get a new young coach at the varsity level that has COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, so how you can say Coach Ron Plasky is more qualified for the job is beyond me...
h finkle August 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM
@ John Taylor....Just for the record the kids were not on the field. They were not even allowed to be in attendance...That is a fact!!!...
Denny Shock August 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I don't want to rush to judgement. For all I know, a Plasky might have asked Frank to give the mother the money to assure that the two boys had the proper color socks on at practice.
John M August 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Def the comedy board. That's straight from a former players mouth too!! Very true about the idiots smoking weed on school grounds the week of the biggest game of their lives. When I played, eat, sleep, and drink nothing but football. Anything else can wait til after the season. That is definitely part of the problem with this town. Too many kids think they are too good already. Well guess what, we had a great team throughout my career and would've only been better if more of our starters would've commited to off season workouts and staying out if trouble. Fortunately, we didn't have a bunch of trouble with our squads, just all around athletes that could've done more. Disappointing to me because, to all you kids reading this, football is a lot of fun, but a lot more fun when you win knowing you really left it all on the field. It will suck to look back and think about what if or wonder what could've been. Tragically, parents need to keep a better tab on their children. So sad to see a group of 12-15 yr olds wandering the streets at 3 am on my way home from work the other night.
Joe the Shot August 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The pattern of abuse with students being invited to Naugie to play is quite evident. They did it a couple of years ago and ended up it state title game. The main players that year were transfers. Being a LL school in a S league why in God's name do you need to cheat.
Paul Singley August 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
UPDATE: Coach Plasky has resigned: http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/naugatuck-high-school-football-coach-resigns-amid-probe
Naugy710 August 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Funny that you say the main players from naugys 2010 championship team were all transfers. I can name one transfer Ruben Berger and he didn't carry the team by any means. Give me a list of all the main players that were transfers. Don't take credit away from the kids who played there all four years.
E Landry August 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Speedy Do all of you reread what you are writing before you post it. I think you should. Some of what you are saying doesn't make sense. First, you're discussing Rob Plasky then you jump to Ron Plasky. Just beacuse you do not particularly like the Plasky boys, you jump all over the family. Every family has things (good and bad) in their closests. So please take a look at your own situation before you become judge and jury condemning a defendent. In sociolgy class, I studied that society must have norms to live by otherwise, we would have total chaos; therefore, I am not defending nor am I persecuting Rob. Look at our entire country and those who are running it. These political persons are doing much worst than the football coach...let's get our priorities in order. Thank you.
Phil August 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Bruce, Leaving a comment for you as I don't know who you are is as absurd as you saying Coach Plasky has had many scandals.
Phil August 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Rob Plasky is a man of integrity and honesty. I would bet my life on the fact that there is a very plausible explanation for the recent news regarding his resignation and ongoing investigation. I have known Rob for a long time and I know that there is not a finer man, husband, father or coach out there. He taught those boys about hard work, family and brotherhood. This is a man who has dedicated his life to helping others, so why prematurely judge an act we know nothing about? I will tell you one thing - I will stand and support Rob to the end of this earth as I am a better man for being his friend. And anyone who knows him will strongly echo these remarks. You are basing your opinions on an article written that very well may be incorrect on the facts and timeline of events. We don't even have the full story as of yet, we just have "sources". I love that - would you trust a "source" if it meant your livelihood? Let the CIAC do its due diligence. Until then, reserve your negative comments. If this were you we were talking about, you'd want and expect that. I will tell you Rob Plasky is a man of honor. Did it ever register that perhaps this was an honest mistake or misinterpretation of the rules? Probably not, because most of you are leading the lynch mob. Rob Plasky is not bigger than Naugatuck football and in the end he chose to honor his program by resigning. Make no mistake, he is not about football, he is about building men of character, hence his actions.
Guy Nize August 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
What everyone is missing is that one piece of critical information has been omited from this article. According to the Republican, the mother and boys are NOT residents of Naugatuck, and the money offered could be viewed as an enticement to relocate to Naugatuck in order for the boys to play on the team. A far cry from an innocent offer of funds to a poor local family to assist in the transition of the boys from a private school to a less expensive public school system.
John M August 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Character?? Can't get caught trying to recruit players? He may have done the best thing for all parties. No t a bad man, just bad judgement.
chuck August 27, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Is anyone really surprised by any of this????? The circus has arrived in Naugatuck. Black is white and white is black and most everything else is gray. Cheat here, lie there, bend rules here, look away over there. Cheating has slowly become tolerated over the years. Now, we are here...facing fines and excusing behaviors. I laugh at people who are pointing fingers at other schools. When you become a carnival freak like everyone else and get caught doing so, then you have to pay a price. Plain and simple. Other schools may or may not get caught and life drones on. If you're not part of the solution then you're part of the problem. Right now Naugy is part of the problem, sadly. Didn't see anyone on Patch complaining about other schools until this story broke and nobody now is offering any solutions to an apparent growing problem. Everyone is basically looking to shift blame. Brutal....just brutal
Pride August 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
pink socks are not part of a football uniform
Denny Shock August 28, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Pride??? Hiding behind a fake name shows your true character. Please define a practice football uniform for me.
Naugy Grad August 29, 2012 at 04:24 PM
After reading these comments, I think that there are several writers in need of Anger Management. The hostilities written were about disliking of the Plasky coaches. Those targeting the character of indivduals remained nameless( cowardly individuals).The objection as to the hiring of Mr. Wilson as basketball coach has other factors that must be taken into consideration such as Contract Language. Ron is a member of the Teachers Union Contract where as, Mike isn't a member of the Teachers Union Contract. Previously, the positions of Administrator Assistants of Mike Wilson and Ralph Roper never existed. As a tax payer, I wonder why there was a need of Administrator Assistants when this job was done by the school secretaries in the past. Some of the comments made by the above people know nothing of the facts regarding hiring and union contracts.Lastly, the comments began with the football coach then turned to his brother. You used this column to voice your hostilities....Get Anger Management treatment soon.
Pride August 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Your original comments have no basis for the topic. it is a simple attack on a coach disagreeing with the mother on what color socks his players should wear. if you want to discuss the topic at hand then fine leave the kid stuff off the blog. Also having to define what a uniform consist of to a person who never suited up is a waste of my time.
Bruce August 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
So you're speaking out against anonymous posters from an anonymous log in? Forget which account you logged in on, oh ye of vested interest?

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