Ansonia was founded in 1889 by an act of the General Assembly. Until that time it was a northern borough of the town of Derby. Since its legal break from Derby, Ansonia has developed into an independent and proud community. Part of that pride is the performance of the Ansonia High School football program. It is a program that was, and is, recognized throughout the state of Connecticut and New England.
The program began in 1890 and was similar to club football. Games and scores cannot be authenticated until the season of 1900. The Lavender were 3-0-0 in 1900 and had a record of 25-20-6 from 1900-1909. From 1909 to 1919 it was 17-17-0. Due to WWI, there was no team in 1918.
The Twenties brought a dramatic improvement to the Lavender with a decade record of 51-21-14 and every team had a win percentage of .500 or better. It was during this period that the home and away series was played with the Elgin, Ill. team. Ansonia won in 1921 by a score of 13-0 and lost in 1922 with the score of 10-6.
The Thirties coincided with the arrival of Art Stewart as the head coach. He coached through the season of 1937 with a record of 39-18-11. The record for the decade was 48-25-13. A new man arrived on the scene to finish out the decade, Mr. Charles J. Jarvis. In 1938, the Jarvis record was 2-5-2 followed by 7-2-0. Mr. Jarvis coached football at Ansonia until the 1966 season.
The Jarvis record at Ansonia is 175-77-12. The record is remarkable but tells only part of the story. From 1938 to 1966, Coach Jarvis took his team on the highways of the state to every contender in every city. He established the Ansonia High School football program as the premier high school program in Connecticut. The Lavender were known and respected wherever they played. In addition, Jarvis provided three future football coaches from his players. Bill McAllister and Jack Hunt both played for Coach Jarvis. Bob Lisi was a freshman under Coach Jarvis and played varsity ball for Coach Mac. From 1938 to 1992, these four men have coached Ansonia for 53 of 55 years. Coach Ron Carbone coached in 1967 and Doug Morrell in 1986.
The Jarvis men completed the decade of the Forties with a record of 65-18-5 from 1940 to 1949. The Fifties were 58-32-3. The Sixties record was 53-37-3. Coach Jarvis left after the 1966 season and Ron Carbone took over in 1967, leaving after one year with a record of 6-3-1.
Bill McAllister came upon the scene in 1968. He was 2-7-0 in 1968 and in 1969. There was pressure to remove him but cooler heads prevailed. After a disastrous 4-14-0 start, Coach McAllister started the winning streak.
After Coach Mac, Bob Lisi took over the helm, coaching for two years with a record of 19-3-0. Both Coach Mac and Coach Lisi gave up the head coaching positions to assume administrative positions in the Ansonia school system. Doug Morrell was coach for one year in 1986 with a record of 5-6-0. Jack Hunt was named head coach in 1987. The core staff that was under Coach McAllister was reassembled. Along with Jack as head coach were Bob Lisi, Jim DellaVolpe, and John Sponheimer. They had coached together for 19 years. Jack came out of the blocks really fast. Jack was head coach for 19 years and retired in 2005 after 30 years of coaching.
Tom Brockett took over in 2006. Bob Lisi and John Sponheimer are still with him. The pride and tradition still continues with Coach Brockett’s first year with an undefeated season, NVL championship, CIAC championship and #1 ranking in Connecticut.