Quinn is the Bearcats’ first new coach in 22 years
- COACH – DEMPSEY QUINN (1st season)
- RESIDENCE – Sprol Field, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville
- TO CLASSIFY – NEPSAC A
- LEAGUE — Founders League
- 2021 RESULT — 2-6
- TEAM WEBSITES –– hotchkiss.org | Twitter: @HotchkissSports
SEAN DONOVANSenior, OL/DL (6-2, 255)
Danbury | Committed to West Point
CAM HOLLANDJunior QB (6-1, 185)
FOSTER GLUESr. WR/DB (6-0, 185)
Montclair, New Jersey
RETT ZEIGLERSr. WR/DB (6-0, 180)
JOHNNY BENNETTPG RB/DB (5-11, 185)
CARL LUNDPG, LB (5-11, 230)
Mohegan Lake, New York
MAX SMITHLW/DL (6-4, 235)
[REASON TO CHEER]
New coach Dempsey Quinn brings experience as a varsity RB/TE coach and recruiting assistant as Brown, and was successful as a prep school coach at Berkshire School, which he took to a Bowl game in 2015.
[REASON TO FEAR]
A rebuilding project while playing in Founders League.
[THE BOTTOM LINE]
Quinn, an Avon Old Farms alum who played at Cornell and joined the Hotchkiss staff in 2020, succeeds Danny Smith this season. Smith resigned in December after 21 years, three NEPSAC bowls and an undefeated New England championship in 2008.
However, Quinn inherits a project. He resumes a program that has posted 10 losing records in 11 seasons since his last bowl appearance in 2009. A 4-4 finish in 2019 was Hotchkiss’ high point during that time. Although Hotckhiss is 2-6, he finished last season 2-1 and only lost to rival Taft 18-12 in the final.
That said, Quinn is encouraged. “We have a core of youngsters who have formed well during pre-season,” he said. Among them is lineman Sean Donovan, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound senior from Danbury who has signed up to play at West Point. (Donovan is the son of DHS Director Dan Donovan and the brother of Navy DJ Donovan). The Bearcats will also be led at QB by Cam Holland, WR/DB receivers Cole Foster and Rett Zeigler (Rowayton).
“We’ll have to use our pace and conditioning to try and wear teams down deep in the second halves of games,” Quinn said. “We are in the midst of a rebuilding campaign and we look forward to continuing to improve and move the program forward one step at a time.”
- September 23 — TRINITY-PAWLING,* 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 1 – at Williston Northampton, *6 p.m.
- Oct. 8 — LOOMIS CHAFFEE,* 3 p.m.
- Oct. 14 – at Avon Old Farms, *7 p.m.
- October 22 — CHOATE*, 3 p.m.
- October 29 – in Lawrenceville (NJ)
- November 5 — KENT*, 5 p.m.
- November 12 — at Taft,* 2 p.m.
* Founders League Game