The Warwick High School football team opened its season with a 41-7 win over Goshen. The win was the first one in a long time for Wildcats Head Coach Greg Sirico. YNN's Christian Farrell has more on Sirico's triumphant return to the sidelines.
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- Warwick High School football coach Greg Sirico is someone who just seems at home wearing a headset on the sidelines of a football field.
Saturday in Goshen marked a "homecoming" for Sirico.
"I always had the itch to be with kids, and I think coaching is a natural connection to kids, as well as teaching. So, it's good to be back in both ranks."
The winningest coach in school history left the sidelines in 2005 after coaching for ten seasons. Since leaving the playing field, Sirico has served as Warwick's Athletic Director.
But those who know the life-long Wildcat say Section IX football is much better off with the firey frontman back prowling the perimeter of area football fields.
"Greg's a great guy. He loves football. He loves Warwick. He loves his kids. He brings that enthusiasm to whatever he does," said Minisink Valley Head Coach Kevin Gallagher.
"He's a very, very good football coach. A lot of people are looking at Warwick and seeing what they've done," said David Coates, Section IX High School Football Chairman.
Against Goshen, Warwick beat its rival for the ninth straight time. Although wins are important to this intense head coach, Sirico said his players are more important to him.
"I don't think I've had as much fun as I've had in these last three weeks in my whole life. Coach Sirico is a great guy. I love him to death. I'd do anything for him because he'd do anything for me. I'm glad that he's back here with us," said Warwick senior quarterback Brad Garcia.
"If felt great to back on the sideline. I had said before it's funny, where's the tight ends now? where's all the fullbacks? Everything is wide open. It's a very exciting football game now," said Sirico.