Bristol Eastern head football coach Paul Philippon told his players that he will not be returning next year to lead the team, GameDay has learned. It is unclear what his current plans are, but it looks like the Lancers will be looking for another coach to lead the program in 2009 and beyond. It also looks like that man won't be D.J. Digiacomo, who also stepped down from his assistant spot. It is unclear as of now what will happen with assistant coaches Mike Archangelo, John Hannon, Eric Carbone, Rich Klett, Jay Bouvier, Christian Echeveria and A.J. Julius. The news came as such a shock to the team that when Philippon and Digiacomo told players they were quitting, the team thought it was a joke. It wasn't until Philippon and Digiacomo started tearing up that they realized it was for real. Philippon just recently led his charges to a victory over Bristol Central in the Battle for the Bell game on Thanksgiving. Philippon did lead Eastern to a resurgence over the past several years, including a return to the state playoffs in 2007. Check back for the latest news on this surprising turn of events at Bristol Eastern.
(George Arasimowicz photo, top, of Paul Philippon)