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Rich Coppola has been a part of FOX61 since March of 1989, working as the station’s Sports Director.

An East Haven, Connecticut native, Rich began his broadcasting career in radio at KC 101 in New Haven. From there, he continued his career working as a field producer for ESPN and then as a sportscaster at the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

In addition to preparing and delivering nightly sportscasts for the FOX 61 News at 5 pm and 10pm, Rich also anchors The Fox 61 Sports Ticket on Sunday nights.

Rich has been named Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year nine times, most recently in 2018 when the National Sports Media Association bestowed that honor on him. In 1991 and 1997, he won the Associated Press Award for best sportscast.

Rich is a graduate of the University of New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut. Rich and his wife Sue have a daughter.

Recent Articles
  • Professional tennis returning to New Haven

    NEW HAVEN — Professional tennis is coming back to New Haven! The Oracle Challenger Series will be held from September 2-8 at the Connecticut Tennis Center. The goal of the series is to help up-and-coming American players secure both ranking points and prize money at home in the U.S. The tournament will feature the Oracle Champions Cup, a one-night event headlined by Fairfield native, James Blake and includes Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Mark Phiippoussis. There is no cost for […]

  • Miracle League of CT to welcome local children to the tees for golf classic

    WEST HARTFORD — The Miracle League of CT is hosting its Miracle League Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 4. According to the organization, the opportunity is provided to the state’s children with physical and cognitive challenges where they can participate in a recreational, non-competitive environment. The event will be held at the Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will go to benefit the Miracle League of CT’s efforts to include children with disabilities. For more […]

  • High School Lacrosse: #6 Glastonbury cruises to win over Farmington

    The Glastonbury Tomahawks cruised to a 17-1 win over Farmington Monday evening. FOX61’s Sports Director Rich Coppola has the highlights.

  • Massage Envy offering fans at Travelers a chance to win free massages

    CROMWELL —  Massage Envy will feature an activation exhibit at the Travelers Championship located in the Fan Zone between holes No. 1 and 18. Fans will have the chance to receive a complimentary massage and/or trial stretch service. Players in the tournament will also have the luxury of staying stretched out throughout the tournament. FOX61’s Sports Director Rich Coppola has the story.

  • Former SCSU men’s basketball coach steps away from sidelines to raise awareness

    WALLINGFORD —  Former SCSU men’s basketball coach Michael Papale, was on the verge of reaching his ultimate dream: playing college basketball. He went into cardiac arrest when he was just 17-years-old in 2006. Since then, he has taken that near-death experience and used it as an outlet to raise awareness. In 2015, Papale started his own non-profit foundation called “In A Heartbeat.”  Their mission is to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The foundation buys and then donates […]

  • Rich Coppola talks golf with Travelers Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette

    CROMWELL — Heading into the final round and last day of the Travelers, Rich caught up with Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers Andy Bessette to talk about this years tournament after the third round on Saturday.  

  • Competition rule, perks draw strong field to Travelers Championship

    CROMWELL  — A relatively new competition rule and some unusual perks have helped bring some of golf’s biggest names to Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson are among those playing at TPC River Highlands. Spieth’s and McIlroy’s participation fulfills their obligations under a 2016 PGA Tour rule that requires players who didn’t start at least 25 tournaments in the previous season to add an event that they hadn’t played in […]

  • Husky legend and ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo reflects on her years at UConn

    DALLAS — Before she played for the Huskies, she was a fan of the Huskies. “Going up in Western Massachusetts, I was being recruited and I was a sophomore and junior in high school, that’s the team I want to play for.  I was at Gampel for their win against Clemson, I was there for those early tournament games before they went on to play in the Final Four that year,” said ESPN‘s Rebecca Lobo. She was a big part of […]

  • Quinnipiac University hosts basketball send-off rally before Sweet 16

    HAMDEN —  Quinnipiac University held a Sweet 16 send off rally for the women’s basketball team who are set to take on No . 1 South Carolina Saturday at 4 p.m. in Stockton, California. The team won their first ever NCAA Tournament game after defeating No. 5 Marquette, 68-65, in the first round of the tournament. In their next game, they defeated No. 4 Miami Hurricanes, 85-78. FOX61’s Rich Coppola caught up with the team before they took off to their […]

  • Coach Joe Yotch dies at age 91

    HARTFORD —  Coaching is about much more than x’s and o’s. Joe Yotch seemed to have a great understanding of just that. Maybe that came from serving in the Marines. Yotch was an assistant coach and helped Housatonic Community College to the Junior College World Series in the late 70’s. Yotch was part of Dan Gooley’s Quinnipiac team that went to the Division II World Series in 1983. Yotch found great success coaching in the West Haven Twilight League. But, […]

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