Jeff Otterbein has retired as sports editor of The Hartford Courant after 27 years. Dan Brechlin has been named to replace Otterbein as sports editor. Otterbein began in the Courant sports department in 1985 and has been sports editor since 1990. Otterbein has won the Associated Press Sports Editors Triple Crown for Top 10 daily section, Sunday section and special section four years in a row. Before his time at the Courant, Otterbein was assistant sports editor at the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Brechlin was previously the deputy metro editor for the Hartford Courant. Before joining the Courant, he was city editor for the Record-Journal of Meriden for six years. He was a reporter there until 2014 and then city editor from 2014 until 2016. He also has been a reporter for the Southington Citizen and the Plainville Citizen.

The Transition was written, at least in part, from a published report by Bulletin correspondent Monica Nair.