Leading off today: Dick Cerone
apparently isn't the retiring type.
Cerone, now 77, surprised more than a few people in the 1990s by taking the job as athletic director at Aquinas, where he methodically overhauled much of the coaching staff and oversaw the upgrade of facilities, including the construction of a field house and varsity stadium complex.
He stayed on as the Section 5 and NYSPHSAA football coordinator after stepping down from Aquinas in 2006 following a decade of service, but now Cerone is an athletic director for the fourth time in his career. The Democrat and Chronicle reported this week he is taking on the part-time role at University Preparatory Charter School, an all-boy school that is in the process of ramping up to be a full-fledged high school.
Principal Joe Munno recruited Cerone, who was his coach at Jefferson High in the 1960s.
“I walked into the schools and I got a good feeling about it,” Cerone told the paper.
Before Aquinas, Cerone was also the AD at Monroe and Greece Athena.
Also on the move: Ramapo AD Alan Malden has called it a day after 44 years of work in the school district. including 13 in athletics after previously working as dean of students.
Rino Sangro, 30, who arrived at Somerks JFK as defensive coordinator last month, is now the varsity football head coach. Sangro replaces Rob Schwartz, who has accepted a job as a guidance counselor in the Mamaroneck School District.
JFK also recently appointed the Rev. Matthew Newcomb to replace retired AD Dave Concepcion and decided not to bring back boys basketball coach Frank Kelly despite a 46-15 record in three seasons.
College decisions: Steve Casali, sixth-team all-state as a junior running back last fall for Sachem East, has committed to UMass, which is joining the Mid-American Conference. Casaliran for 1,488 yards and scored 19 TDs as a junior. As a linebacker (his likely college position), he had 80 tackles and three interceptions.
Canisius offensive lineman Ryan Hunter is also MAC-bound, having committed to play at Bowling Green beginning in 2013. Hunter checks in at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds.
Big trouble for ex-BMOC: Jordan Frysinger, an outstanding football and lacrosse player for Corning, announced his departure from the University of Illinois football team last week a day before pleading guilty in Steuben County Court after sordid allegations.
Frysinger and his parents were arrested and pleaded