New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Middletown’s Privott will step down

- By Joe Morelli joseph.morelli @hearstmedi­; @nhrJoeMore­lli

Rick Privott has resigned as Middletown’s boys basketball coach after seven seasons at his alma mater. The news was first reported by middlesexc­ounty

Privott replaced Dave Sytulek and won 42 games over his first two seasons coaching the Blue Dragons. That included a trip to the Class L state championsh­ip game in 2015. Middletown finished 22-4 that season.

Two seasons later, the Blue Dragons went 22-5 and reached the Class L state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Sacred Heart. Privott finished with an overall record of 105-42.

Privott told middlesexc­ountysport­ that he and his wife are moving to North Carolina this fall.

“Hopefully they got enough from me and hopefully I’ve done enough that they’ll give the next coach everything they gave to me,” Privott told middlesexc­ountysport­ . “Whoever the next coach is, is getting a great bunch of kids and student-athletes. They should do great things.”

Privott played on the Middletown teams that won 80 consecutiv­e games between 1976-78, still the state’s longest winning streak in the sport. Privott graduated in 1978.

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