Tonawanda News


October 11, 2012

Family and football define Jacks coach Tony Truilizio


Tonawanda News — “I try to fish. I’m probably the worst fisherman in the world,” Truilizio said. “I can tell you fishing story after story of not catching a fish, but I enjoy it. I’m not a big hunter but I’m trying to get into bow hunting.”

Truilizio coached in the city of Buffalo for most of his career.

When he arrived at NT he quickly realized the difference in the environment in the city of North Tonawanda as compared to Buffalo. In his 10 years at Riverside he heard stories from players about not wanting to leave their house on the weekend for fear of getting shot or assaulted. 

Truilizio was quick to point out that kids in NT have hard lives too, but that there are differences. Football was an escape for kids at Riverside; at NT it’s a way of life.

When Truilizio took over he expected to win right away. His teams won four championships at Riverside in his 10 years (three Harvard Cups and one AA North title). He liked what he saw in the summer during mini camps at Erie Community College and Buffalo State, but the injury bug hit the Jacks hard.

Six NT players have suffered concussions this season and three key defensive players that Truilizio planned to rely heavily on this season have barely played (Tyler Durham, Leroy Goldsmith and Taylor Mellott). 

But the coach isn’t making excuses and is excited about the future of his team. With all the injuries the Jacks have suffered, Truilizio and his coaching staff have realized how talented the sophomore class is.

No matter how things turn out this season, Truilizio has learned a lot and enjoyed his time on the NT sidelines. He’s looking forward to working with the returning players and believes in their collective ability.

“My personality is to be passionate about this game,” he said. “The successes in my career have come from the game of football.”

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