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South-West Conference

The South-West Conference is comprised of 14 high schools located in the southwestern part of Connecticut.  SWC member schools belong to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and operate under the umbrella of the CIAC which governs high school athletics in Connecticut. SWC member schools also operate under the jurisdiction of the National Federation of High Schools which establishes the rules for most CIAC sanctioned sports.  



President - Greg Shugrue - (Principal, New Milford High School)
Vice President - Joseph Corso
 - (Principal, Stratford High School)
Executive Secretary - Pam Goodpaster
Phone/Fax: 203-296-4586

Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Ed Butler
The Pamela Goodpaster “Outstanding Coach Award”


The South-West Conference is honored to present the Pamela Goodpaster “Outstanding Coach Award” to Ed Butler of Masuk High School.  This award recognizes an individual who has coached a minimum of ten years in the South-West Conference and displayed the highest ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and leadership.  Ed has consistently adhered to these high ideals throughout his coaching tenure and is most deserving of this recognition.

Ed graduated from Stratford High School before pursing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at West Virginia Wesleyan and Southern Connecticut State University, respectively.  He began his teaching career as an art teacher in Meriden.  He then taught in Stratford for 15 years and Monroe for 18 years before retiring.

He began his highly successful coaching career at Bunnell High School where he served as head cross country coach for one season (1972) and head boys outdoor track coach for three seasons (1974-1976).  His 1972 cross country team and his 1974 track team won MBIAC championships.  He also served as an assistant track coach at Bunnell from 1966 to 1973 and was an assistant football coach from 1973 to 1975.

Ed began teaching and coaching at Masuk in 1976 where he served as an assistant football coach for three seasons before being appointed head football coach in 1978.  During his four seasons at the helm of the Panther football program, he led Masuk to WCC titles in 1979 and 1982.  He was named the Connecticut Post “Football Coach of the Year” in 1980.  He served as head cross country coach from 1983 to 1993, head boys and girls indoor track coach from 1979 to present, head boys outdoor track coach for three seasons (1979-1981), and head girls outdoor track coach from 1984 to present.  During that span, Masuk High School won SWC championships in boys indoor track (1996), girls indoor track (1996,2000,2001,2003,2004,2005), and girls outdoor track (2002,2003).  The Connecticut High School Coaches Association named Ed its “Indoor Track Coach of the Year” in 1998 and it’s “Girls Outdoor Track Coach of the Year” in 2006.  He was recognized as the Fairfield County Sport Commission’s “Sports Person of the Year” for Monroe in 2010.

Ed has also served in a number leadership positions including serving on the CIAC Indoor Track Committee (1998-2010), chairing the SWC Indoor Track Committee (1996-2014), serving as chair of the CHSCA Indoor Track Committee (1998–2010) and chairing the CHSCA indoor track all-state banquets (1998-2010). 




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