Briones Named Outstanding Soccer Coach
The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has named Norwich Free Academy Head Coach, Robert Briones “Outstanding Coach of the Year” in Boys Soccer.  Briones is among 26 members to be honored by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association “OutstandingCoaches of the Year” at its 55th annual recognition dinner, May 9, 2019, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT.

Briones has been NFA’s Boys Soccer Head Coach since 1997, a total of 22 seasons. Throughout this time, he has had seven All-New England players, 22 All-State players, and 55 All-Conference players. His career record is 258-127-26, which includes seven ECC Tournament titles and two Connecticut State Semifinal appearances in the CIAC LL Division. In 2005-06, he led the team to two undefeated seasons (30-0). He has received many other honors and has built upon his coaching success. When asked about his selection, Briones commented, “I am humbled, honored, and grateful to receive this award. Grateful to all my former players, parents, coaching staff, athletic directors, faculty members, and my family for all their support and patience.”

Briones has been a school counselor at NFA for 22 years. Originally from Chile, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Connecticut.

Interim Athletic Director, Roy Wentworth, states, “Robert is truly deserving of this honor, and we are fortunate to have such a highly committed coach on our staff. Robert's commitment to our students, both on and off the field, is exceptional.”