Tonawanda News — In his first season, Tony Truilizio has been hard to miss on the North Tonawanda sideline, his animated persona outmatched only by the sound of his voice.
“I was definitely a vocal football player,” said Truilizio, 44, who played at LaFayette, Canisius and at the semi-pro level for 10 years after graduating college with a Masters degree in school administration.
“I played hard-nosed, very intense football. When I stepped on the field I really took it personal: intense but under control.”
Truilizio was the head coach at Riverside for 10 years and his playing mindset has carried over to his approach on the sidelines.
Down by 16 points late in the team’s loss to McKinley last Friday, senior running back Josh Brosius made a great individual play on a ball that seemed out of his reach. The result of the play had no impact on the game, but Truilizio screamed out to his senior, congratulating him on a great play.
No matter what the score reads, Truilizio said he always makes an effort to reward his players for their successes.
“I think you have to tell them when they do well, you can’t just criticize,” he said. “Kids need to be acknowledged for great plays … As much as I’d be yelling at a kid to make a play I’ll also be yelling as loud as I can when they make a great play, and I want everyone to know it.”
Off the field, Truilizio is a family man first. He said he tries to be a great father to his three kids (Lauren, Lyzi and Anthony) and a great husband to his wife Lisa because “that’s what you have at the end of the day.”
Truilizio grew up on the upper West Side of Buffalo and has become somewhat of an outdoorsman. He loves to fish and generally likes spending times in nature.