SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – After nine years of coaching with the Schenectady Football program, Mark Cerrone has been named head coach of the Schenectady High School Varsity team.
"This is a program with a lot of passion and pride and I am excited about the opportunity," Cerrone said. "I have a genuine passion for the sport of football and coaching at the high school level is something that I completely enjoy."
Cerrone, who is a physical education teacher in the district, has served as the team's Defensive Coordinator, Linebacker/Receivers Coach for the last six years. Prior to that, he was the Junior Varsity Head Coach in 2006 and the Freshmen Head Coach in 2004-2005.
Cerrone has worked under Vincent Pagano, Carmen DePoalo and James Kramer. Kramer served as head coach the previous four season and was named Section 2 Class AA Football Coach of the Year in 2012.
Schenectady finished the 2012 season with a record of 6-3 under Kramer. The team qualified for Sectionals but was knocked out in the first round.
"We have short term goals set," said Cerrone. "The players know that if we can meet each goal, we are putting ourselves in a great position to be successful."
Cerrone said that first and foremost, he wants his players to pay attention to taking care of the details and the bigger things would take care of themselves. He said that to do so, he expects of them to carry themselves with passion and pride.
"I expect my players to come to practice ready to learn, work hard and improve every day," Cerrone said. "I expect them to strive for excellence and to be positive members of the program, school and community."
Football tryouts begin on August 19 at Schenectady High School. Schenectady is set to open the 2013-14 season in Syracuse University's Carrier Dome when they take on Fayetteville Manlius on September 6 in the New York State High School Football Kickoff Classic. The Patriots were the only Section 2 team invited to play in the event. Tickets are available now in the Schenectady High School Athletic Department