Football: Drew takes charge at Foran

Tom Drew was named Foran’s head football coach on Tuesday.

Drew, who served as defensive coordinator at Law last season, replaces Jeff Bevino, who piloted the Lions’ program for the last 12 seasons.

“Being in the building is huge for both building and maintaining a program,” said Drew, 33, who teaches special education at Foran. “Jeff did such a great job here, I just want to build upon what he has already built.”

Drew played both offensive and defensive tackle for Steve Filippone at Hand, graduating in 2003. After starting his coaching career with the Tigers for three years, Drew coached under Mike Eagle for four years at Morgan, then two years at Guilford before coming to Law last season.

And it was that Law team, under head coach Erik Larka, that came from behind to beat Foran on Thanksgiving Day to qualify for postseason play for the first time.

“With Coach Filippone, I got to see how a successful program is run. It was like a machine, it really was,” Drew said. “The biggest thing I took from Coach Eagle is program building. I saw that when he took over at Morgan. Kids today want to know you are in their corner. With Larka, he got the kids excited about football. He got the kids to have fun again.”

Drew met with the Foran players Tuesday afternoon after the appointment became official.

“I was very impressed with his demeanor and the interview committee was very impressed with Tom’s passion, experience and strong character,” Foran athletic director Anthony Vitelli said. “Tom will be an extremely positive role model to our student-athletes. He has coached at various area schools and brings a great deal of knowledge to our program. Tom is a teacher first who will be committed to our football players and the entire Foran High School community.”

Now Drew gets his first head coaching job in the rigorous Southern Connecticut Conference.

“It really is unlike any other conference,” Drew said. “To me, it’s the best football conference in the state of Connecticut. It’s a battle week in and week out.”