Mamaroneck High School’s varsity wrestling coach, Anthony Vitti, will replace long-time head football coach Harry Peterson, who recently announced he will step down after 34 years. Mr. Vitti, a third generation Mamaroneck High School alumnus, played for Mr. Peterson in the early 1990s and has been working with him as an assistant and defensive coordinator for the past seven years.
“We are confident that Anthony will excel in his new position as head varsity football coach,” said Bari Suman, director of athletics. “Beyond his passion for the sport, he has a remarkable ability to build teamwork among his students and teach the importance of individual sacrifice.”
Mr. Vitti has been a science teacher for the past 12 years. He taught biology and chemistry at Iona Prep for five years before coming to the Hommocks. He played college football all four years and was Team MVP his senior year at the University at Albany, where he earned national recognition and a number of awards.
Mr. Vitti said he takes pride in developing college level athletes and looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead. “I am incredibly humbled by this tremendous opportunity.”
For Mr. Vitti, “This is a dream come true. I was raised on the great tradition of Tiger Football at Mamaroneck and respect the tremendous responsibility I have to my school and community,” he said. “My plan is to carry over to the football program the same philosophies I’ve developed as head coach of Mamaroneck wrestling over the past five years. I am excited to achieve the next level of success for our football program.”
Mamaroneck’s varsity football team qualified this past season for the playoffs, but then lost in the first round. Off-season training for next fall has already begun. Mr. Vitti will officially take over as head coach on August 20, 2010.
Senior John White, Mamaroneck Football Cornerback, expresses his enthusiasm and welcome to Vitti. “if Coach Vitti’s dedication at being the head football coach is of the same magnitude as his dedication for being the wrestling coach, the team will reach great heights. We have some mottos for our team working in the off season and moving into the fall season – No Complaining, No Excuses and Give Respect to get respect. Coach Vitti makes you care so much about the sport that you want to work hard to get better, and if we all manage to follow his advice, we’ll make Mamaroneck football a force to be reckoned with in section 1,” he says.
Debbie Manetta is the director of public information for the Mamaroneck Schools.