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Zephs to name Marino next coach

The Whitehall High School Athletic Department has recommended Andy Marino to be Whitehall’s next head football coach pending school board approval on Jan. 23, 2023.

Coach Marino will not be officially named head coach until approval that evening.

Coach Marino, a two-year captain at Lycoming College, returns to lead the Zephyr Football program after multiple collegiate stints. Marino started his coaching career at Whitehall High School in 2009, where he coached the offensive line.

After his stint at Whitehall, Coach Marino was a graduate assistant, then a tight ends and tackles coach at the University of Delaware from 2010 through 2012. He became the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Widener University.

After his stop at Widener, Andy returned to the Lehigh Valley as the tight ends coach and then offensive line coach for Andy Coen at Lehigh University until 2018, when he left for Harvard University to coach the offensive line. After one season at Harvard, he reunited with former Whitehall head coach Tony Trisciani at Elon University, where he had been the offensive line coach for the past four seasons.

“Coach Marino is a great fit for Zephyr football. As a player and coach, he has exemplified exactly what we want to stand for in our athletics programs: tough, hard-nosed, passionate, and loyal. Andy has had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many outstanding coaches, including Andy Coen, Tim Murphy, K.C. Keeler, and Tony Trisciani.

“I have been lucky to maintain a great relationship and watch coach continually improve at his craft from when he left Whitehall. I do not doubt that Andy will work to make our program even better by coaching and loving our players the right way. Not only will he help improve our program, but his connections with other college coaches will clearly enhance opportunities for the players in our program because of the strong relationships he has developed on that level.

The Whitehall-Coplay School District welcomes Coach Marino, his wife Ashley and one-year-old son Rocco on their return to the Lehigh Valley,” Whitehall High School Athletic Director Bob Hartman said in a release.