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Rob Ambrose

Hernandez's Passion Wins Over Ledyard

Hernandez's Passion Wins Over Ledyard

A year ago, Jim Buonocore was walking out of a restaurant at Foxwoods. He was celebrating his birthday when a voice pierced the casino.

"Coach! Coach!"

It was Jonathan "D.J." Hernandez.

"It was 12 years, and we talked like we'd never skipped a day," Buonocore said. "He is that type of person."

As he sat in his office Friday night, explaining why he hired the two-time UConn captain and the brother of Aaron Hernandez to coach a storied Ledyard football program, Buonocore traced their relationship to the 2004 Governor's Cup. He had been one of the coaches of a Connecticut all-star team that beat Rhode Island 52-14 at...

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