Kaczor steps down after two decades as Old Lyme boys basketball coach

Old Lyme High School’s boys varsity basketball Head Coach Kirk Kaczor on the sideline during the game against Cromwell High School in Cromwell on Monday, Feb. 18.

Old Lyme High School’s boys varsity basketball Head Coach Kirk Kaczor on the sideline during the game against Cromwell High School in Cromwell on Monday, Feb. 18.

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It was a decision a few years in the making, so to speak, but Kirk Kaczor still took his time deciding whether to stop coaching the Old Lyme boys basketball team.

So, six months after this past boys basketball season ended, Kaczor decided it was time to instead spend his winters watching his kids play basketball and more time at home with his family.

“I’ve thought about this for awhile. Last season, I missed a couple of my kids’ games. I didn’t like that,” Kaczor said. “But I didn’t want to make a rash decision, I thought about it all summer and made my decision when I got back to school.”

Kaczor, 51, made the decision official last week. The news was reported first by The Day of New London.

Kaczor won three Shoreline Conference championships with the program: his fist season in 2002, his second-to-last season in 2020 and the other in 2011, coming from double digits down to force overtime against a great Valley Regional team that went on to win the Class S state championship.

“They were impressive, no doubt about it. We played a great game,” Kaczor said.

Old Lyme had one of those great teams in the 2019-20 season, losing only to Waterford in double overtime. The Wildcats won the Shoreline title over Morgan.

But Old Lyme never got a chance to reach a second consecutive Division V state championship game — 2019 was the first in program history — when the 2020 state tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That was rough. We thought that state championship was ours if we played well,” Kaczor said.

Kaczor will stay on as the school’s boys golf coach. He plans to attend Old Lyme basketball games and is not ruling out a return to coaching high school basketball someday, but not in the near future.

“I don’t see myself doing it for the next 10 years,” Kaczor said. “I was able to have an impact on kids’ lives and they had an impact on my kids’ lives.”

joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli