Change has swept over the Kennedy Catholic sports department in recent days.
In search of greater financial security, Rob Schwartz accepted a job as a guidance counselor at Mamaroneck. He subsequently resigned his post as director of guidance and as the varsity football coach at Kennedy. He was replaced today by former Croton-Harmon assistant Rino Sangro, who Schwartz had recently brought on as the teams defensive coordinator. Sangros hiring was first reported by Section 1 Recruiting.
The change comes as the school shifts to a new face atop the athletic department in Father Matthew Newcomb. The previous AD, Dave Concepcion, retired.
Father Newcombs appointment has also coincided with the dismissal of basketball coach Frank Kelly. I hope to have more on Kelly later tonight.
First, more on Sangro
Sangro, a Hen Hud graduate, played football for John Catano at Hen Hud in the late 1990s and was an offensive lineman at Western Illinois. He joined Catanos staff at Croton as the Tigers rose to prominence in recent years, serving as both a JV assistant and a volunteer assistant on the varsity. Sangro had previous assistant coaching stints at Kennedy and Peekskill.
Hes well-suited for that job, Catano said.
Schwartz originally hired Sangro as the defensive coordinator on Catanos recommendation. However, when he told the school he was leaving, Schwartz recommended to administrators that they appoint Sangro as the next head coach.
Schwartz said he wont coach football anywhere this year. His home is in New Rochelle and he said it wouldnt make sense to continue coaching the sport at Kennedy, which is a long drive from his home, his new school and his family.
He will continue to support the team when he can.
Im going to miss it tremendously, Schwartz said.