WESTERLY — This will be Duane Maranda’s last season as Westerly High football coach as he has accepted a part-time athletic administration job with the Prout School in Wakefield.
Westerly athletic director Jamey Vetelino confirmed the move Thursday night. Maranda could not be reached for comment.
Vetelino said Maranda’s departure as coach was a condition of his appointment at Prout.
Maranda has informed the team’s players and their parents of the move.
Maranda, who works full-time as a firefighter in East Hartford, will begin working at Prout this fall. He will also serve as Westerly’s coach.
Vetelino has no concerns about Maranda’s ability to serve in his fourth season.
“If I didn’t think he could fulfill his duties, he wouldn’t be coaching,” Vetelino said. “He has a really good staff that he trusts. They put in a lot of work in the offseason, not only the kids but the coaches. And they are very organized.”
Maranda, who was hired in 2016, was the head coach at New London, Bacon Academy and St. Bernard before coming to Westerly.
He graduated from East Lyme High and the University of Connecticut.
Miranda’s teams have posted a 20-14 overall record during his first three seasons.
Last season, the Bulldogs finished 9-2, losing to eventual Division II champion Woonsocket, 22-21, in the D-II semifinals.
Westerly averaged 46.8 points per game, dominating most of its opponents.
Westerly has beaten Stonington the past two seasons, including a 61-0 victory last November.
Maranda was named the Division II-A coach of the year in his first season in 2016.
“He has continued a legacy of a fantastic football program,” Vetelino said. “He has just added to that foundation.
“Some of the things that he has done academically and in the offseason program — when the next coach comes in we will already have that in place.”
Vetelino said he does not expect to begin reviewing candidates for the job until this season ends in November.
Six players have earned All-State recognition from the Providence-Journal during Maranda’s tenure, including Tristan Turano, who became the first player in school history to rush for 2,000-plus yards in the 2017 season.
Turano finished with more than 4,000 career yards, compiling the total in just two seasons in Westerly’s single-wing offense.
Practice for the fall season starts on Monday.
Westerly opens the season on Sept. 13 against Chariho at Augeri Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.