According to The Barstable Patriot, St. John Paul II (Mass.) has named Connecticut coaching legend Chris Smalkais its new head coach, effective immediately.
Smalkais last coached in 2016 after a legendary career at Fairfield Prep (Conn.) where he went 404-156 and won six state championships.
“When you have the opportunity to bring in a leader of Coach Smalkais’ caliber, you jump on it. His experience, passion, and proven results promise to take our program to new levels,” said Rich Fazzi, JPII Athletic Director.
Smalkais is still No. 5 among Connecticut coaches for the most wins with 404 victories. He is one of only five coaches in state history with at least 400 career wins.
St. John Paul II went 10-9 last season under Chris Harlow.
Smalkais won six state championships as head coach at Fairfield Prep, including four straight from 2006 to 2009. Two of those state title games went to multiple overtimes.
Fairfield Prep defeated Norwalk 13-12 in four overtimes for Smalkais' first title in 2006. In 2008, it took three overtimes for the Jesuits to defeat Ridgefield (Conn.).
Smalkais led Fairfield Prep to 12 Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament championships. He won consecutive titles from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2014.