YONKERS, N.Y. ‒ Anthony Fiorilli, who played high school football in Yonkers and coached at Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools during his 15-year career, has landed at Croton High School.
Fiorilli comes directly from a one-year replacement job as the quarterback coach at West Point. He will assist head coach John Catano as quarterback coach for the Section 1 and Regional Class B defending champion Tigers, who went 11-1 last year and reached the state championship final before losing.
"Coaching at West Point was a dream job, but I was there just to fill in," Fiorilli said. "I'm glad to be back coaching somewhere because I love working with the kids and teaching the game. And I've known John [Catano] for many years. He's one of the best coaches anywhere."
Fiorilli, who also runs his own personal training program for quarterbacks, had much of his early success at Lincoln High School in the mid 1990s when he coached Nealon Greene, who went on to a four-year career at Clemson University and a long career in the Canadian Football League.
"We had several very good athletes on the Lincoln and Roosvelt teams," Fiorilli said. "I get a lot out of teaching the quarterback position. It's really about leadership more than anything. The quarterback is the general on the field. He is the coach's assistant out there. Repetition and awareness are also keys to being a good QB."
Catano, who is replacing starting quarterback Jesse Maniero as well as several other starters, is pleased to have "Fio" on his staff.
"He loves being out there, and having him around makes my job that much easier," Catano said. "I have a great coaching staff here. Our players will learn alot from Fio."