The triple option at Barlow will be going nowhere.
Another proponent of the unique attack will take over the Falcons’ program as T.J. Cavaliere was named the new coach. Cavaliere coached at Stratford from 2014-16 and will replace longtime legend Rob Tynan, who coached the Falcons for 27 years and built the program from the ground up.
It’s a challenge some might avoid, but it’s one Cavaliere is relishing.
“It’s funny because it’s a job some people wouldn’t want,” Cavaliere said. “Coach Tynan is a legend; he’s been to the state title game and had other successful runs. Who wants to be the guy to replace the legend? In some ways I’m biting off a lot here but there is a great system at Barlow and the parents and kids have bought in.”
Cavaliere is no stranger to the program, either. He worked with Tynan the past two years as an assistant, coaching the running backs and secondary. A proponent of the triple option, Cavaliere will ensure the transition is a smooth one.
“Obviously the kids over the last many years have been bred to run the triple option,” Cavaliere said. “When i left Stratford one of the things i was looking too do was find a program that ran it; I’m a lover of the triple option, love the Navy, Army style of football.”
Cavaliere went 14-18 at Stratford in three seasons, including leading the Red Devils to the playoffs in 2015. Tynan led Barlow to the Class M final in 2017.