John Marinelli announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon that he has stepped down as coach of the Greenwich football team after spending four seasons at the helm.
“I have stepped down as head football coach at Greenwich High School,” Marinelli said in his statement on Twitter. “I want to thank the administration, teachers, community, parents and most importantly, the players for the amazing experience of being your head coach.
“It was an honor and one I’ll always cherish. I am moving to the college ranks at the University of Arizona and while I’m excited for what’s ahead, I’m sad to leave this amazing family behind.”
— John Marinelli (@johnmarinelli) June 13, 2019
Marinelli registered a coaching record of 36-10 during his four seasons as coach of the Cardinals. In 2018, he guided Greenwich to a record of 13-0 and its first CIAC Class LL championship since the 2007 season. Greenwich also won the FCIAC title the past two seasons.
After Greenwich went 4-5 in Marinelli’s first season as coach, it improved to 7-4 in his second season, earning a berth in the CIAC Class LL playoffs. In year three, the Cardinals advanced to the Class LL championship game, where they lost to Darien, 31-22.
Last fall saw the Cardinals register one of their best seasons ever. They posted a record of 13-0, including a 34-0 win over New Canaan in the Class LL title game at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. During Marinelli’s tenure, numerous players have gone on to continue their football careers in college.
Eleven players from this past fall’s squad are planning on playing football at the collegiate level. Marinelli was hired in April of 2015 and took over the coaching reigns at Greenwich from Rich Albonizio.
In an email to the Big Red Alumni on Thursday afternoon, Marinelli announced he will be moving into the collegiate ranks at the University of Arizona.
He said: “It was a very hard decision to walk away from the program that together we all helped build from the ground up. The past four years have been the greatest of my life. From day one, this community has welcomed me with open arms and embraced change. In four years, we set the bar for how a program should be for the student-athletes.
“As a high school coach, our role on the field is secondary to teenagers’ growth as young people. We always tried to be involved with their academic lives, social lives and their families.”
Marinelli mentioned in his email that his recommendation is that Anthony Morello (assistant coach, GHS graduate) resumes his responsibilities as head football coach. He said he would pass this recommendation to all parties involved.