In the shocker of this offseason, James Sciarra will not return as Warwick’s football coach this fall.
On Monday, Sciarra confirmed the news, stating: “I’m not the head football coach any longer.” He declined further comment.
When you think of Sciarra, you think of his wild, wild west-style offenses, which put up tons of points. He had the pedigree: Sciarra is a 1997 Warwick graduate and played linebacker and offensive line for the Wildcats.
As a coach, he went 40-25 in seven seasons, helping the Wildcats to the Section 9 Class AA championship game in 2009 and 2011. Warwick finished 6-3 this past season, losing to Monroe-Woodbury 14-13 in the Section 9 Class AA semifinals.
So what was Sciarra’s downfall?
According to team sources, the Sciarra was “disconnected” from several of his players. I talked to three Warwick players about Sciarra’s dismissal on Monday – quarterback/wide receiver Brad Garcia, linebacker A.J. Sakac and defensive back Matt Cattani. For the most part, the players said nothing disparaging about Sciarra.
However, they didn’t exactly go to bat for him.
Said Garcia, one of the best players in Section 9: “Coach Sciarra was with us for a long time. I feel bad for him, but there is not much you can do as a player. It’s hard, but some things happened in the program that shouldn’t have.”
Garcia declined to elaborate.
Added Sakac, Warwick’s de facto team spokesperson: “Coach Sciarra was a hell of a coach, he was smart, but he was missing one part. He was nothing more than a coach. There was no relationship out of football.”
More from Sakac in Tuesday’s editions of the Times Herald-Record and Varsity845.
Said Cattani: “It’s pretty sad to see coach Sciarra leave, but the administration knows what’s best for the team. I’m not going to try to start anything. There is nothing we can say to argue.”
So who replaces Sciarra? Although it’s early, two potential candidates are John Garcia and Greg Sirico. Garcia has coached in the program for 34 years and served as Warwick’s head coach from 1981-86. His son is Brad Garcia.
Sirico is Warwick’s athletic director. He is the school’s all-time winningest football coach with a 67-27 record (1996-2005). Sciarra served as his successor.
Sciarra has become a fixture in Section 9 football and said he will coach again. I wish him the best.