It took nearly four and one-half months and a few weeks of working out the final details, but Staples has finally found a new football coach to replace Marce Petroccio.
Phil Treglia, most recently the offensive coordinator at Archbishop Stepinac, which won the Catholic High School Athletic Association state championship last November, has been hired to take over the Wreckers.
“From afar I’ve always been a fan of the success of the program,” Treglia said. “I would watch their Turkey Bowl games on MSGVarsity. On top of that the academic reputation of the high school and the reputation of the community made this appealing.”
Treglia met with his new team this afternoon.
“This is somebody who has two head coaching stints and had great success at both, smaller private schools, and then he came to Archbishop, a bigger school, ran their offense and had great success there,” Staples athletic director Marty Lisevick said. “He’s got that state championship pedigree at this point. He’s had success wherever he’s gone.”
In the state final last fall, Archbishop Stepinanc, which is located in White Plains, had 520 yards of total offense in a 49-28 win over Canisius.
The delay in hiring Treglia stemmed from Staples being unable to guarantee him a full-time academic position. That did not deter Treglia from watching film of the team.
“We embrace the traditions here and the success,” Treglia said. “We will have a few new philosophies, a few new ideas, which would be true anywhere.”
Prior to coming to Archbishop Stepinac two years ago, Treglia, who is 41, was the head coach at the Hackley School in Tarrytown for five seasons and at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale for two seasons.
Treglia currently works as a guidance counselor at Iona Prep.
Lisevick said there were 42 applicants for the job and the search committee selected three finalists.
“We wanted someone with head-coaching experience,” Lisevick said.
Petroccio, who coached the Wreckers for 25 years, left in January to take over at Trumbull, his alma mater.
Petroccio had 210 wins at Staples and won five FCIAC and three straight state titles.
The Wreckers were 6-4 last year. Six of the league’s 17 schools now have a new coach since last season. The others are Brien McMahon, Bridgeport Central, Danbury, Trumbull and Wilton.
Lisevick predicted Treglia would have a seamless transition.
“He’s in education, it’s a very similar setup to Staples High School,” Lisevick said. “A well-to-do school, very similar kids, very similar parents. He knows our school, he did some research on us. He knocked it out of the park in all our interviews, very well-spoken. I think he will probably be, I’m hoping he will be, the only football coach I ever have to hire here.”
Because of the length of the search, the Wreckers had to forego holding spring football and instead will get an extra week of practice prior to the start of the season.
“We will bring in our own offensive terminology, our own defensive terminology and things that have been successful for me,” Treglia said. “You have to see your personnel, see what you have and then tailor your scheme to that.”