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Staples Names New Football Coach

The Coach P era is over.

Today, Staples welcomes Coach T.

Phil Treglia is the high school’s new football coach. He succeeds Marce Petroccio, who in 25 years brought a moribund program to state renown.

Petroccio resigned in January to become head coach at Trumbull High School, his alma mater.

Treglia was recommended enthusiastically by a search committee of administrators, teachers, coaches and parents. Most recently he was offensive coordinator at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. With a quarterback who threw for 30 touchdowns last fall, the Crusaders won the New York AAA Catholic state and league championships.

Phil Treglia

Before Stepinac, Treglia spent 5 seasons as head coach at the Hackley School. When he took over, the small private school in Tarrytown, New York had 18 players. He more than doubled that number, to 42, and added a junior varsity program.

In 2012 the team won the Fairchester League championship, the school’s first football title since 1971. The next year they went 8-0. In 2015 Hackley was named the #1 small school program by MSG.

Treglia went to Hackley from Woodlands High School in Hawthorne, New York, his first head coaching job. The Falcons reached the league championship in 2010, and Treglia was named Coach of the Year.

He started his coaching career as offensive coordinator at Iona Prep High School in New Rochelle.

Treglia takes pride in growing programs, celebrating every player’s accomplishments, and creating a family atmosphere.

In addition to football, he is currently head junior varsity basketball coach at Bronxville High School, head junior varsity baseball coach at Scarsdale High School, and assistant varsity track and field coach at Iona Prep.

His day job is guidance counselor. He has a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Cortland, with a major in business economics and a minor in international business, and a masters of school counseling from Mercy College.

“Coach P” Leaves Staples

Marce Petroccio — one of the most successful coaches in Connecticut football history — made history today.

In a somber meeting, he told his Staples football team that he’s leaving. His new team is FCIAC rival Trumbull.

It’s also Petroccio’s alma mater. And, he says, Trumbull is the only school he’d leave Staples for.

Marce “Coach P” Petroccio

When “Coach P” arrived in Westport 25 years ago — at  31 years old — he took over a moribund program. Within 4 years the Wreckers won their first FCIAC title since Paul Lane’s in 1975. They also reached the state championship game.

Since then, Staples has appeared in 8 state finals. They won 3 titles — in 2002 (Class MM), 2004 and ’05 (Class L). They won 5 FCIAC titles in 7 appearances too.

Petroccio — also a popular physical education teacher at the high school — says he would not leave Westport for any other job. He calls Staples “a great community (with) a great administration and great kids.”

A search for a new head football coach will begin soon.