Dr. William Fitzgerald, president at St Joseph High School, informed the school community that head coach Chris Watts has resigned from the boys basketball program.

Fitzgerald said, “This is a loss. Coach Watts is a class act, a real gentleman. He worked well with our boys. I’m not sure anyone could follow Coach (Vito) Montelli’s finale — back to back Double L state titles — but Coach Watts certainly made this school proud. We wish him every success in his new post.”

Watts has taken the head boys basketball coaching position at Notre Dame of Fairfield.

Watts, an alumnus of the class of 1987, was a star on Coach Montelli’s first back-to-back championship teams, and later played for Providence College. He returned as an assistant coach on two occasions, and is only the second head coach in the program.

Kevin Butler, Vice Principal for Athletics, expressed disappointment in the news, as his review with Watts was very positive and Watts was looking forward to working with a talented returning team.

Butler is forming the search committee, and will post the position early next week.

“We will be looking for an individual who can build on the storied legacy we have in basketball, not just in winning, but in a coach’s attention to character, and family. This will be an opportunity. We have fourteen state titles, ten team state titles, in the last two years. If there is a change at St Joe’s, it’s that all athletes and all sports are respected and supported.”

Principal Dr. James Keane, Principal, noted, “We are committed to preparing our athletes to be successful both on the court and in college. We are a college prep school first and foremost. Sports — and nearly eighty percent of the student body play at least one sport — often open the doors for our students at some of the most select colleges. I am sorry to see coach leave, but we will continue to raise the bar at St Joe’s — for all the teams.”