Adam Behrends, an assistant coach with the IMG Academy football program in Florida, was announced late this afternoon as the new coach at Staples.
Behrends, 32, replaces Phil Treglia, who resigned earlier this month after one season to pursue other opportunities in the Westchester area, where he both lives and teaches.
“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at Staples,” Behrends said in a press release from the school. “This community has a rare combination of academic and athletic excellence K-12, with a football program steeped in tradition. It has always been a goal of mine to lead a program where I could impact the lives of young men on and off the field. This includes collaborating with school educators and administrators, town officials, athletes and their families to advance the complementary core values inherent in sports, academics and community. I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the next chapter of Staples football.
It had been rumored for two weeks that there was mutual interest between Staples and a coach at IMG, the multi-sport facility in Bradenton.
As an assistant coach with the IMG Academy National Football team, Behrends coached all the skill position groups, and has helped guide the development of dozens of top NCAA prospects and Division 1 All-American athletes. Behrends was also part of the Academy Pre-Combine/Draft Training program, working with NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Josh Dobbs, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Lauletta.
“Coach Behrends brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to our football program,” Staples athletic director Marty Lisevick said in the release. “Coach Behrends’ passion and enthusiasm for the game of football is contagious. Our student-athletes and entire community are fortunate to have him as their head coach.”
Behrends is originally from Bettendorf, IA. He graduated from Minnesota State University.
Staples was 7-3 last season under Treglia.