Former D-I player, coach takes over Boro’s uncertain offense.
Story first appeared in the April 16, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.
John Marino, esquire.
It just doesn’t sound right.
Vinny Marino, Edinboro offensive coordinator.
That sounds much better.
On April 7, Vinny Marino was announced as the new offensive coordinator for Edinboro, replacing Mike Miller, who left after one season. However, coaching football wasn’t Marino’s first career choice when he stepped foot on the campus of UConn in the fall of 1988.
“When I first went to college, I wanted to go to law school,” Marino said. “After about a semester of going to college, I realized that wasn’t it.”
Marino enjoyed his four-years at UConn as the Husky quarterback switched his major to education and now teaches collegiate football players the game he loves.
The Southbridge, Massachusetts native’s resume is a long one that includes multiple Division-I and Division-II stops. Immediately following graduation, Marino was hired as the wide receivers coach at Bowdoin. Following a one-year stint, he went to Western Carolina and served as a graduate assistant.
After spending a few years at Holy Cross, one year at Richmond and one year at Rhode Island, Marino went back to his alma mater and coached the wide receivers for three seasons, the last of which he additionally served as the recruiting coordinator.
Marino then went to Columbia as the OC from 2006-11. After a two-year stay at Georgetown, Marino went to Boston College last season serving in quality control and strength and conditioning roles. However, that stop and the Miller era here in the Boro may never have happened.
“It’s a job that coach [Scott Browning] and I talked about last year, but I chose to go to Boston College,” Marino said.
He continued, “We talked about an interview last year, but with the timing of when the coordinator left last year, I had already decided that I was going to BC in the quality control role. All fall I kind of thought about the position, thought about if I made the right decision. I was always thinking that maybe I should have gone on the interview and see what would’ve happened…but my experience at BC was tremendous.”
Even though Marino has just been in the Boro for a little over two weeks, he is eager to get working on the offensive unit.
“Specifically on offense, I’m excited about it,” he said. “Just talking to coach [Browning] about what he wants to get back to with the toughness of the program and getting back to some fundamentals, the basics of football, the way the game was kind of originally played. We are going to be relying on toughness, discipline, those kinds of things and they are things I believe in.”
With spring camp continuing through this month, Marino is searching for a few specifics.
“Finding a consistent quarterback and five guys up front that give us the best chance to win,” he said are the “two main ingredients.” “Once we [find them] we have plenty of playmakers. We have running backs, skill receivers, tight ends. I’m not worried about those guys, we will get them the football.”
With the run game being a huge question mark, Marino compiled a brief, declarative deposition.
“We definitely in the spring are emphasizing the run. There is no secret, we need to get that back. They didn’t run the ball well last year. There were a lot of minus yard plays, an astronomical amount, noticing the stats from last year. We are really trying to do a good job of taking care of the football, not taking sacks and obviously running the football.
He continued, “So that’s the demeanor. Just trying to get in the mindset of coming off the ball, being physical, being hardnosed, getting our backs to run downhill and everything else can step off of that. Play action pass down the field, controlling the tempo of the game, and eliminating the turnovers. If we are able to do those things by running the football, and playing tough, physical football, then I think everything else will take care of itself.”