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Putnam School Still Hasn’t Officially Decided On Todd Cayea’s Fate

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

As the Carmel Central School District continues to ponder the fate of head football coach Todd Cayea, one of his peers squashed the biggest rumor running through town.

Our Lady of Lourdes coach Brian Walsh told Hudson Valley Sports Report said he is not interested in the position if it opened, despite hot and heavy chatter that he would return to Putnam County to coach and that he had already been contacted by Carmel athletic director Susan Dullea.

“Nobody from the school district has contacted me. Nobody has reached out,” Walsh said. “I am not going anywhere. I am staying at Lourdes.”

Dullea did not return an email seeking comment.

It would be no surprise if Carmel – or, at least, Rams boosters – reached out to Walsh. He has known nothing but winning, leading both Brewster and Lourdes to state title game appearances during his long career, with a successful stop at John Jay-East Fishkill in between.

Fueling the rumor is that Walsh did go for the open head coaching position at Yorktown, where his daughter and grandchildren live. Both Walsh and Lourdes athletic director Bill Kyle confirmed this to HVSR. The position was filled on March 9 by Pantelis Ypsilantis, a six-year assistant at Yorktown to head coach Mike Rescigno, who stepped down after 15 years to spend more time with family.

In the meantime, the Carmel Central School District made an external job post for its high school varsity football head coach and assistant positions, as well as for a JV assistant, and freshman head coach and freshman assistant for the upcoming fall season.


This is the clearest indication yet that the district could be parting ways with Cayea, who has run the program for 25 years and was named the Section 1 Coach of the Year last fall for bringing the Rams to the Class AA title game.

The district posted the positions on the Online Application System (OLAS), a job application site serving schools and districts throughout New York State and the surrounding areas.

It also provided the link on the district’s official Twitter account, drawing unanimous ire in the responses, including one player who replied “Thank you for destroying our senior varsity season i’ve been working for since the 4th grade.” The district and Board of Education have consistently denied comment on the situation, citing personnel issues.

Cayea could not be reached for comment.

The situation has been brewing since late November, when Cayea and former boys basketball coach Paul Brennan got into a heated verbal argument over Cayea’s son and his role on the team. Allegedly, the story goes that Brennan wanted the younger Cayea to try out for the varsity. At the end of tryouts, as per district policy, coaches must speak with each player to inform them of whether they made the team or, if not, let them know and then advise them what they need to work on. Allegedly, Brennan told the player that he wasn’t sure how he was going to utilize him on the varsity, but that he could stay on the roster or, if playing time was a consideration, he could go down to the JV.

The two men then got into a verbal confrontation at the school, with a few F-bombs punctuating the argument. In the aftermath, Brennan resigned a day later for personal reasons unrelated to the argument, and Cayea was removed from stipend positions such as supervising the weight room and running the score clock at basketball games.

Now, apparently, he might also lose his coaching job.

No decision has been relayed to Cayea, although he recently met with school officials to discuss the issue.




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