Guilford High School head football coach Bruce Bazsali will work as an assistant coach this season while he takes time to focus on his health. Assistant coach Denny Diduch will take over as head coach this week; practice began Monday. Diduch coached Forreston to two state football titles and held a 46-6 record the last four years. Diduch announced in May plans to leave Forreston High School to teach and be an assistant coach at Guilford.
Bazsali approached Guilford's administration and his coaching staff late last week about a potential shift to focus on some health issues. "It's perfect timing," Bazsali said. "Denny is really a top-notch person and a top-notch coach." The switch will allow Bazsali to follow his doctor's orders to lower his stress level and continue his passion as a coach.
Bazsali has a 50-year coaching career. He took over Guilford's program for the 2017 season after eight years at Rockford Lutheran.
Bazsali's assistant coaching staff from the last season will return. Diduch was selected to take over as head coach because of his previous head coaching experience, said Guilford Athletic Director Augie Toldo.