Sorrentino, Newly Hired Football Coach, Steps Down


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Tony Sorrentino
Tony Sorrentino (center) was named the new head football and JV boys lacrosse coach at VHS in February.

Tony Sorrentino, who was named the new head football coach at Verona High School just one month ago, has resigned to accept a football coaching position in the NCAA.

“Although we are disappointed with this recent news, we wish him good luck in his future endeavors,” the district said in a letter to high school parents. “The Verona Public Schools will repost the position and conduct another extensive and thorough search for the best candidate for our students and program.” The job will be reposted tomorrow, March 16. Sorrentino had also been hired to be the JV lacrosse coach for this spring season and fill in as a long-term substitute teacher in computer science.

The district also included a message from Coach Sorrentino in its communication. “This is a bittersweet time for me,” he said. “I want to thank everyone for welcoming and embracing my family and me. I came to Verona because of the rich tradition but also for the people of Verona. I have made some great relationships here in my short time. I have been given an opportunity to pursue my coaching career at the college level. Verona football and lacrosse are on the correct path and I wish both much success. Thank you and good luck on and off the field.” The district did not disclose where Sorrentino’s new position would be.

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Sorrentino, a New Jersey native who holds both a bachelors and a masters degree from The College of New Jersey, had served in high school, college and NFL coaching positions, most recently as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. Verona had initiated a search for a new head coach after VHS’s long-time coach, Lou Racioppe, was placed on administrative leave last year.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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