Tommy Buzzo hired as Brooke Point High football coach
--Photo By Joey Lomonaco
Tommy Buzzo is proving you can come home again. Or at least close to home.
Two years after stepping down as Liberty High football coach to take a job as defensive coordinator at Central Connecticut State University, Buzzo is back in the area as football coach and physical education teacher at Class 5A Brooke Point High in Fredericksburg.
Buzzo, 47, lost his job at Central Connecticut in the wake of a 6-16 run that saw head coach Jeff McInerney resign.
Buzzo felt he was not going to be retained when new CCSU coach Pete Rossomando was hired last month and sought other employment.
"When they hire a new coach, the first guys out the door are the coordinators," Buzzo said. "I had an opportunity in college. It was not the right fit for me and my family and I looked to come back home," Buzzo said Monday.
Buzzo began at Brooke Point on Feb. 3 after interviewing in the middle part of January. Brooke Point athletic director Roger Pierce told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star the Black Hawks interviewed six candidates, and Buzzo stood out.
“He’s obviously been a proven winner in the past,” Pierce told the Star. “He has a wealth of knowledge. He just lives football. He’s written books. He’s done DVDs. He puts a lot of time and energy into the programs he’s been at."
Buzzo left Liberty with an impressive 89-24 record (.743) from 2002 to 2011.
Despite the team's struggles at Central Connecticut State, Buzzo endorsed the experience. "I'm a better football coach now," he said, but admitted, "It did not work out as I planned."
He said his son Travis will continue to attend CCSU, where Travis is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman. "Travis played in seven games and started one," said Buzzo. "He's got three more years. His future could be bright."
However, Buzzo worries that Travis will have to work under another new offensive line coach after playing for two different ones already.
At Brooke Point, Buzzo replaces Mo Hampton, who was interim coach in 2013 after Jeff Berry resigned in August to become the athletic director at Colonial Forge. The Black Hawks finished 2-8.
Buzzo says Conference 15 — which features North Stafford, Potomac, Massaponax, Freedom (Woodbridge) and Mountain View — is formidable. "I look at it as the SEC of high school football. This is a really rich area," said Buzzo.
Buzzo expects the school to produce plenty of talented athletes, and is looking to establish a program similar to what he had at Liberty.
He said he has 15 years in the the Virginia education system and wants to reach 30 to get a full pension.
"I'm starting year 16. I set myself back two years. I'm excited to be back. I'm looking forward to working to finish out in Virginia to build my retirement," Buzzo said.
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