Nonnewaug Graduate Casinghino Named Connecticut’s Coach of the Year


Nonnewaug graduate Heather Waters Casinghino (right) was named the 2018 Class M field hockey coach of the year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Her daughter, Anna (left), was named the state’s field hockey player of the year. (Contributed photo)

The year of accolades for Nonnewaug High School graduate Heather Waters Casinghino continued this month when she was named the 2018 Class M field hockey coach of the year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.

Casinghino led Suffield High School to the top seed in the CIAC Class M tournament this season. Her team finished the season with a 14-1-1-1 record. 

In September, Casinghino was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame for her feats as a Nonnewaug High School player. 
A two-time All-State performer, the 1991 Nonnewaug High School graduate scored 37 goals during her 4-year career with the Chiefs. Casinghino shattered the Berkshire League record for most goals in a season with 18 as a junior, which eclipsed the former mark of 15.

Casinghino also led Nonnewaug to the 1990 CIAC Class S championship.

At the banquet in December, the CHSCA also honored Casinghino’s daughter, Anna Casinghino, as its state field hockey Player of the Year.

A senior midfielder, Casinghino was also named Player of the Year by GameTimeCT.com, and has committed to play at UConn. 

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