At the initial Connecticut High School Coaches Association executive board meeting, during the school year 1977-1978, Larry McHugh suggested initiating a Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The first induction was held on March 31, 1978 at the Shearton Park Plaza in New Haven at noontime ceremony.
The Connecticut High School Hall of Fame committee meets each year during a May meeting to discuss and select the next CHSCA Hall of Fame class.
The CHSCA holds its induction ceremony in November at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
The inaugural inductees were: Sam Bender, Hillhouse High School; Frank Crisafi, East Haven High School; Cornelius “Connie” Donahue, Torrington High School; Joseph Fontana, Southington High School; Paul J. Kuczo, Sr., Stamford High School; Thomas M. Monahan, Bristol High School; Thomas R. Monahan, Bristol High School; and Andy Robustelli, Director of Operations for the New York Giants – Special Recognition Award.