Football begins season with new coaching staff


Credit: Benjy Renton

The Football team practices over plays on the turf.

By Pat Walker, Sports Editor

Football begins the season under exciting new leadership. This year, the team welcomes a new staff after losing head coach Phil Treglia and a large portion of the coaches. Simon Berk, former assistant coach at Rye High School, has filled in for Treglia. Along with Berk come three new members, one of them being Bill Tribou, longtime Greely head coach who will be the defensive coordinator for Hackley. “I think that the new coaching staff works really well together. The dynamic of having a first time head coach in Berk, and a coach of thirty plus years in Tribou has made the transition very smooth,” said junior captain Michael Hoffman. After hearing about the job opening, Berk was ecstatic about the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Independent Football League team. “Coaching positions at schools like Hackley do not open very often. I was drawn to Hackley because of the combination of academic rigor and competitive spirit,” stated Berk. After a six and two record last year, the Hornets hope to achieve similar success. The team has recently been training hard to prepare for tough and upcoming Week One and Week Two competition. They got a jumpstart on preseason, starting five days earlier than normal. In order to further ready themselves for their challenging Week One opponent, they partook in a joint practice with Rye and a controlled scrimmage with Dobbs Ferry and Horace Mann. With the game-like experience this team has already been through and extra hard work they have put in throughout August, they are bound to replicate Hackley football’s success over recent years. “Our goals as a team is to continue to improve ourselves and our team every day. If we focus on the task at hand with complete focus, we are certain to be successful this season,” said Berk. Winston Britton and William Cotter, senior captains and Super 11 Top 25 finishers, plan to showcase their quarterback to wide receiver connection once more this year. The Super 11 is awarded to the top returning football players in the lower Hudson Valley. Britton, finishing in the Final 11, hopes to lead the Hornets to victory against some tough Section 1 competition coming their way.