Somers head football coach retiring after 52 years of coaching
Somers head football coach Tony DeMatteo will retire after the high school football season winds to a close.
DeMatteo tells News 12 he just felt it was the right time.
“My family has made huge sacrifices and I just thought it was time to walk away from this madness,” says DeMatteo.
The New York football legend holds the second-most wins in statewide football history with 360 game wins and two state titles.
Despite only being four games away from passing retired Bethpage coach Howie Vogts in coaching wins
, DeMatteo believes the pandemic helped him realize a lot.
“The pandemic changed everyone's thinking. All of a sudden, you have to be careful. Life is very short, and I just thought, you know what, maybe someone is telling me something,” says DeMatteo. “The record really isn't that important to me. What's important to me, is the number of kids I helped.”
He confirmed that although a comeback may cross people’s minds, his coaching career in football has concluded.
“My coaching career in football is over. I am going to be a football fan…I want to see my grandkids play. I'm going to be Somers' No. 1 fan. I want to see them play,” says DeMatteo, “As I said, I want to be around for when my son Albert gets married. And my latest grandson, who is like 3 or 4 months old, I just want to see him graduate high school.”
Somers High School hasn’t announced a new head coach yet, but News 12 is told the process will begin in the following weeks.