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Fairfield Prep legend Bruce Jaffe dies at 76

Bruce Jaffe, who spent nearly a half century as a legendary coach and teacher at Fairfield Prep, died on Sunday at the age of 76 Fairfield Prep announced on Twitter Monday.

“It is with great sorrow that we share the news that longtime Fairfield Prep educator and Coach Bruce Jaffe entered into eternal life on Sept. 13. Bruce was a Prep Giant and a true man for others!” Fairfield Prep stated on its Twitter page.

Jaffe, who resided in Fairfield, began his teaching career at Fairfield Prep in 1966. His started his career as a social studies teacher and during his more than five-decade tenure at the all-boys Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school, he also served as a highly successful boys swimming and soccer coach.

While guiding the Jesuits’ swimming program, the team captured three CIAC State Open Championships (1998, 2007, 2012), two Class L titles (1980, 2007) and one Class LL championship (2012).

Fairfield Prep was also a dominant force on the SCC swimming scene under Jaffe’s watch, winning the conference championship on 10 occasions (1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

While coaching Prep’s soccer squad, the Jesuits won the SCC Tournament in 2005 and claimed five divisional championships. Jaffe concluded his 46-year career as Fairfield Prep’s swim coach in 2012 in style. The Jesuits swam to the State Open championship at Yale on March 17 in 2012. The victory put the finishing touch on a 2012 season that also saw Jaffe guide Prep to the Class LL and SCC titles.

“This young team gave this old man an incredible going away present,” Jaffe said after his squad won the State Open in 2012. I’ll always remember them.”

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