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Tuesday, December 18 High School Sports

Redgate out at Fairfield Prep

Leo Redgate, who led Fairfield Prep’s boys basketball team to four state championship games in five years and won the school’s third state title in 2015, announced Friday that the school has declined to renew his contract.

Redgate, Prep’s coach since 2010, made the announcement on Twitter Friday night.

“I was told today by Fairfield Prep that I am not having my contract renewed as head coach,” he wrote. “I am sad, but also incredibly proud of what we accomplished over my eight years as coach on and off the court. Thx [sic] to all my players...past and present for letting me be a part of your lives.”

He did not respond to a text requesting further comment. A request for comment was left with Fairfield Prep athletic director Tom Curran via email.

A Fairfield Prep graduate, Redgate was elevated to head coach in 2010 after a six-year stint as the junior varsity coach under Rich Lee.

In his first season, the Jesuits reached the Class LL championship game, beginning a run of four Class LL finals over the next five seasons.

Fairfield Prep lost their first three final appearances — in 2011, 2013 and 2014 — before finally winning the 2015 Class LL title, 51-50, over Westhill, behind stars Thomas Nolan, Rich Kelly and Patrick Harding.

It was Fairfield Prep’s first title since 1997 and helped the program overcome the sting of 2014’s upset vs. Bridgeport Central the year before.

After a state semifinal appearance in 2016 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2017, the team struggled to a 5-16 record this year, including a 65-56 Division I first-round loss to Hillhouse in the Division I first round. Prep had upset the Academics 57-53 just a month earlier.

Redgate’s teams also played in four consecutive SCC Championships from 2013-2016 and won two, in 2014 and 2016. He was the New Haven Register’s area coach of the year in 2014.

Overall, Redgate was 162-48.

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