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Greenwich High Hires New Head Football Coach From New Canaan

The Greenwich High School Cardinals have a new coach as New Canaan High School assistant coach John Marinelli has been selected as the new coach.
The Greenwich High School Cardinals have a new coach as New Canaan High School assistant coach John Marinelli has been selected as the new coach. Photo Credit: File Photo

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich High School has turned to the New Canaan High football program for its new head coach.

John Marinelli will take over the helm of the Cardinals football team for the upcoming season. He replaces the former longtime Cardinals football coach Richard Albonizio, who unexpectedly resigned at the end of last season.

For the past six seasons, Marinelli has been an assistant coach at New Canaan. Previously, he was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island. In addition to being the New Canaan Rams offensive coordinator, Marinelli has been the director of numerous football camps and tournaments. He also is a New Canaan Youth Football Board Member.

His father, Lou Marinelli, is the longtime head coach at New Canaan High, heading up the program since 1981.

Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters welcomed John Marinelli to the program.

“We are pleased to have John leading our storied football program. John is a young man with the passion, knowledge and character to lead our players on the field and in their development as upstanding citizens," he said. "We expect John to infuse new ideas and techniques into a tradition-rich program.”

As a student at New Canaan High School, Marinelli participated in football, hockey, baseball and swimming. He was a 2003 All FCIAC selection in football and continued his athletic career at Trinity College. During his collegiate career, Trinity College was the 2008 NESCAC Champions and he was named to the 2009 All NESCAC Team.

GHS Athletic Director Gus Lindine had high praise for the new coach.

”John Marinelli is an exceptional football coach. He is a bright, motivated leader who will provide great balance for our boys as both students and athletes. We are excited for our football team and our community,” he said.

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