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Employment History

  • Coach
  • Head Coach of the Boys Basketball Team
  • Basketball Coach
  • Boy's Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Head Coach
  • Head Coach
    Tourtellotte Memorial High School
  • Boys Basketball Coach
    Tourtellotte Memorial High School
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For an up-close view of the ..., 6 Nov 2015 [cached]
For an up-close view of the Quiet Corner communitys transformation, a group of municipal staff and town councilors from Southbridge visited Putnam Thursday, greeted by Putnam Mayor Tony Falzarano, Town Administrator Douglas Cutler, Community Development Director Delpha M. Very and Deputy Police Chief Lionel Konicki.
If Day Kimball closes, its the ..., 23 Oct 2015 [cached]
If Day Kimball closes, its the biggest economic impact on all of us, Putnam Mayor Tony Falzarano said. Its the largest employer in WindhamCounty and no one in Hartford cares about whats happening.
"The boy jumps like a rabbit," ..., 27 Feb 2014 [cached]
"The boy jumps like a rabbit," said Tourtellotte coach Tony Falzarano. "He played, by far, the best game of his career." Nursing just a two-point lead, the three stops with less than a minute to play were crucial to the 10th-seeded Tigers who held on for a 63-59 win over No. 7 Windham Thursday. Whalers next It was the first Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament win for the Tigers and vaults them into the quarterfinals at noon on Saturday against second-ranked New London. 'It feels good to play on Saturday," Falzarano said.
Tell him I have some surprises for him," Falzarano said with a laugh.
Putnam mayor-elect Tony ..., 12 Nov 2013 [cached]
Putnam mayor-elect Tony Falzarano is the head coach of the Tourtellotte boys basketball team.
• DOCUMENT: Tony Falzarano's ..., 25 April 2014 [cached]
• DOCUMENT: Tony Falzarano's Resignation Letter (4/24/14)
Nope. Not the style of Tony Falzarano. It's a style that I will miss. On Friday, I received the phone call that I expected since the high school boys basketball season ended. It was Tony on the other end of the line, telling me that he had submitted his letter of resignation as Tourtellotte Memorial High School boys basketball coach to the Thompson Board of Education. I expected him to tell me that his new position as mayor of Putnam was taking up too much of his time. After all, he talked to me numerous times during the season about how his supposed part-time job certainly didn't feel like one. But he ruled out that as the cause and he also put the other "baloney" of personal or family reasons aside, ruling those out as possible motivators. Frustrated coach Falzarano wanted to deliver a parting shot and he did, saying he decided to resign because of the current state of high school basketball in Eastern Connecticut. It's an opinion that Tony and I share and one that, unfortunately, falls upon the deaf ears of athletic directors and principals in the area. Just this past week, the Eastern Connecticut Conference athletic directors once again endorsed the status quo, leaving the league's smaller programs at the mercy of the larger ones. "I will miss some of the coaches, not all, but I won't miss the athletic directors," Falzarano said on Friday. "Some consider me a threat, 'Too honest Tony,' but they won't admit what is happening.
"I struggled with it," Falzarano said. "I love the gym, I love the locker room, I just like coaching." It's why he returned. Impressive career Falzarano spent 33 years as head coach at Putnam High School and racked up 535 wins, including a Class S state championship in 1986. Page 2 of 3 - One of my best Falzarano memories happened the day after his Clippers had beaten Portland, 60-58. Falzarano clearly had not slept the night before, his eyes red from little or no sleep and "too many sarsaparillas" as he liked to say. He was accompanied by former assistants Dave Vitale and Jim Bartolomei. "I feel just like Moses," Falzarano said at the time. "I couldn't have done this without my staff." It was typical Falzarano, always glib, even when only half awake. He also took Putnam to state title games in 1995 and 2006. Can't stay away In 2004, he was given a good reason to step aside when he suffered a severe heart attack and was unable to coach. "I died a thousand deaths when I couldn't coach because of the heart attack," Falzarano said. "Even though I wasn't supposed to, I snuck out and watched some games." The end of the line came not because of his health, but because of an administrator. He and then Putnam High principal Bill Barry butted heads. After several incidents, Falzarano decided to resign in October 2007 when his head basketball position was posted while he was on a leave of absence from the school. He didn't stay on the sidelines for long, resurfacing in 2008 to take over the Tourtellotte High job, choosing to do so because the Thompson athletes were cut from the same blue-collar cloth that those at Putnam were.
I think I did that," Falzarano said. Indeed, in six years as head coach, the Tigers posted a 74-60 record. In his first season, he took the Tigers to the second round of the Class S tournament. In the 21 years prior, Tourtellotte had only made the tournament once. They haven't missed it since. Falzarano led them to their first ECC Small Division title in 2009-10 and added Small Division titles in each of the next three years. He was The Bulletin Coach of the Year in 2009-10. Record-breaker Last season, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New England Hall of Famer became just the third boys basketball head coach in state history to win 600 career games. He was later honored with a CIAC merit award. It leaves him with only one honor he should receive: a new court dedicated in his name at Putnam High. But all the while, Tony was Tony, and if he had something to say, everyone was going to hear it. This season after a game at St. Bernard, he publicly criticized the officials and was suspended by the school for one game. Page 3 of 3 - Throughout his tenure in the ECC, at both Putnam and Tourtellotte and during his time as a member of the CIAC boys basketball committee, Falzarano fought the good fight for Class S schools, seldom winning. He and I were on the same page when it came to splitting the ECC into regional alignments, which was rebuffed. He wanted to see the rebirth of the Quinebaug Valley Conference, which is unlikely. Falzarano couldn't even get the ECC to change the way it does its all-league teams in basketball. It left him, he says, in total frustration. But don't think Falzarano is silenced. He now has the bully pulpit of the Putnam mayor's office, and while he hopes his assistant, Neil Bernier, will be Tourtellotte's coach next season, don't be shocked if one day I'm writing a new chapter of the Tony Falzarano story. "The fire is still in me," Falzarano said.
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