Paxton, MA (May 14, 2012) Anna Maria College announces that following a change in coaching leadership, Vincent Sinagra has been named head coach for the College's football team. The coaching change will assist AMC move its three-year-old football program to a new level while strengthening its core of upperclassmen, who, as members of the 2011 squad, finished the season with back-to-back wins, picking up the program's first win on November 5, 2011 versus Becker College, a 35-33 victory. The College expresses its appreciation to former head coach, Marc Klaiman, for his efforts in assisting Anna Maria launch its first football program and for bringing the team to its first victory in the 2011 season.
"We are extremely excited that Coach Sinagra has agreed to serve as head football coach for Anna Maria College," comments Stanley Vieira, AMC's Director of Athletics. "I have no doubt that his depth of experience and expertise will assist the College in growing this exciting young program. Coach Sinagra is committed to academics, character and winning. I believe his leadership, vision, confidence, teaching, commitment, discipline and toughness will help catapult the Anna Maria Football Team to the next level," he adds.
Coach Sinagra joined the AMC athletics' staff in 2010, bringing over 30 years of coaching experience with him, including 16 years at the Division I level with schools such as Stony Brook, Virginia Military Institute, Holy Cross, Hofstra, Fordham, and Norfolk State. As the Defensive Coordinator at Bloomsberg University, Coach Sinagra led a unit that was ranked number two in the nation among Division II teams. Most recently, he was the Linebackers Coach for a defense at Division I Norfolk State University that was ranked fifth nationally. During his coaching career he has had the pleasure of instructing talented players, including former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet.
As a player himself, Coach Sinagra was a standout offensive and defensive tackle at New Utrecht High School in New York, receiving numerous honors, including being selected to the Daily News All-City Team, the All-Metropolitan Team, the Brooklyn Big-44 Team, and the Schoolboy All-American Team. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island, where he was a four-year varsity starter at defensive tackle. Coach Sinagra was named Team MVP during his senior season and had the opportunity to play against the Air Force All-Stars in the "Turkey Bowl" held in Frankfurt, Germany.
After his collegiate career concluded, Coach Sinagra turned pro, joining the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League as a defensive tackle/end. Following his time in the WFL, he moved on to the Canadian Football League as a member of the Toronto Argonauts, where he finished out his playing career.
Coach Sinagra graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health, as well as his Master's Degree in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation.