Brien McMahon High School is turning to a favored son to try and rebuild its football program.
The Senators this morning hired A.J. Albano, a former player at the school and an assistant coach at Darien for the past six years, to replace Joe SantaLucia, who was fired at the end of last season.
“We think he’s enthusiastic and will bring a lot of life back to the program,” McMahon athletic director Joe Madaffari said. “He’s good at motivating student-athletes and he’s a graduate of McMahon.
Albano graduated from McMahon in 2000. He has been the defensive coordinator for Darien High School, which is coached by Albano’s former coach with the Senators, Rob Trifone, for the past three years.
Albano is also currently the wrestling coach at Greenwich.
“A.J. comes from a winning program so that is certainly going to help us,” Madaffari said.
McMahon was 21-30 during SantaLucia’s six years and is coming off a 3-7 season. SantaLucia had just one winning record, in 2006.
A press conference was held this afternoon and a complete story will be in tomorrow’s edition of The Advocate.