2004-03-26 / Sports

Miele Named New Head Football Coach At Far Rockaway

By Elio Velez
Miele Named New Head Football Coach At Far Rockaway By Elio Velez

Following a 5-4 season and an exit from the first round of the playoffs, head coach Les Sabbah resigned. After an interview process with several candidates, Far Rockaway announced that head junior varsity football and varsity basketball coach Anthony Miele

After eight seasons, Sabbah had brought the program back to respect ability and playoff contention. The Seahorses made the playoffs two of the last three seasons. Enter into the picture Anthony Miele, who was in the midst of his first season as head coach of the Varsity basketball team. Miele, head coach of the JV team since 1997, felt he was ready to take the next step to the varsity level.

"I live and breathe football", Miele says. "I felt that one of my goals was to coach varsity football. I have so much respect for Coach Sabbah for rebuilding the program and establishing a good team every year".

What he has learned in his jv tenure is how to build and maintain a program. In 2002, the team went 9-0 and continued winning with a 8-2 record. But Miele learned that running a program is much more than teaching x’s and o’s.

"There were times with Coach Sabbah that we would have to travel all over the place to just find equipment", Miele says. "You have to worry about transportation and fundraising. Football is an expensive sport".

Miele stresses the importance of school and will work diligently with the players to help them with school and prepare for college. As in college and the pro level, the offseason is very important in shaping up the team before they start the regular season in September.

"It is very important. I’ve talked to the kids on what it takes to pass their classes and what they need to do physically to get in shape for the season". Miele says.

Miele will implement mandatory weight training to improve stamina and conduct film sessions with the players. Though it is six months away from the first game of the season, Miele knows that QB Chris Howard, DL Ricardo Remy and WR James Romain are a few of the returning players who will make an impact on his team. In the seven years he has been with the program, Miele feels that the upcoming year will feature the most talent he has seen.

"Right now, I’m confident that we definitely have 6 or 7 players who will play college football. It’s my job to send out tapes, put letters out to colleges and get these kids ready".

Miele will stress running the ball to open up the pass. If that balance is successful, it will help out a potent Far Rockaway offense that averaged 30 points in their 5 wins last year.

"I’m very excited to coach varsity football", Miele says. I feel confident of what I can do and I will do everything that is possible to get these kids prepared".


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