Coach John Skubel
In memory of Coach Skubel, a respected educator and legendary football coach, known in the community for his generosity, friendship, and dedication to his loved ones, students, and players. Sadly, Coach Skubel died at the age of 73 on August 17, 2013 after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was a native of Middletown and a long-time Meriden resident. He was an alumnus of Woodrow Wilson High School and Central Connecticut State University and was a football star at both levels. He obtained his sixth year certificate from the University of Bridgeport and began his teaching and coaching career in Stamford and later at Derby High School, where he not only coached football but was the school's head track coach. He stayed active in football as a player for the semi-pro Meriden Shamrocks for several years. He coached at Maloney High in Meriden before returning to his alma mater. At Woodrow Wilson he twice took the Wildcats to state championship football games. When Middletown's two public high schools merged in 1984, John was named head football coach, and his 1984 Middletown High School team went undefeated, won the Class M state title game over Ledyard and was named the state's No. 1 football team that year. That began an eight-year run in which Skubel's teams qualified for four more championship games, winning two over Bristol Central and Berlin High Schools. Overall, he amassed a 137-63-5 record and brought seven teams to state title games. Coach Skubel was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, he was NHSACA Region I coach of the year and CHSCA coach of the year, when he also was honored by the National Football Foundation in 1986. He also served as chair on the CIAC football committee, state title game site director, and vice chair of the NHSACA football committee.