Just weeks before the start of 2015 high school football training camp, Saint John Vianney has parted ways with head football coach Mark Ciccotelli after one season with the Lancers and named former Marlboro head coach Derek Sininsky as the new head coach
With the start of the 2015 football season right around the corner, a sudden change at one of the Shore Conference’s power football programs. Mark Ciccotelli is no longer the coach of the Lancers after one season that saw SJV win 10 games and capture a division title.
On Monday, Derek Sininsky was named the new SJV head football coach. Sininsky has head coaching experience at three previous Shore Conference stops – Raritan, Monmouth Regional and Marlboro. Saint John Vianney athletic director Richard Lamberson confirmed the hiring with a release sent to Shore Sports Zone:
“Saint John Vianney announces Mr. Mark Ciccotelli’s resignation as head varsity football coach. We have accepted the resignation and wish Mr. Ciccotelli nothing but the best in all his future endeavors and respect both his and his family’s right to privacy. We hope that you will do the same. Mr. Derek Sininsky, a well-known coach and educator in New Jersey, has agreed to fill the void left by Mr. Ciccotelli’s absence. We expect the Saint John Vianney High school football program to continue with its goal of excellent athletes and sportsmanship.” – press release from SJV administration
Lamberson informed players and their parents via email on Saturday about Ciccotelli’s departure which was obtained by a number of media outlets and shared in its entirety on NJ.com. The reason for Ciccotelli’s sudden departure is unknown, but it certainly did not have to do with the performance on the field. The Lancers went 10-1 in the first year with Ciccotelli on the SJV sidelines highlighted by a 9-0 regular season record.
The Lancers bring back some of the top talent in the Shore Conference headlined by quarterback and Boston College commit Anthony Brown. WR/DB Khalil Haskins and OL Micah Clarke are also major Division I prospects and the defense is anchored by linebacker Calvin Beaty.