Andy Verboys and Art Troilo Jr. hadn’t talked much these last 11 years until Verboys’ father-in-law, Rich Palladino, brought them together over the weekend. Their phone call — and the result of it — had football practices buzzing when camp opened Monday.
Troilo, the longtime Harrison coach, is expected to join the Scarsdale coaching staff beginning Tuesday. Verboys said Troilo will coach one of Scarsdale’s two junior-varsity teams, help the varsity and coach at the youth level.
Verboys had served as an assistant at Harrison in 2002 and 2003. Palladino, a former head coach at Scarsdale, Rye Neck and Fox Lane, finished his career as one of Troilo’s assistants and was a part of both of Harrison’s state championships in 1999 and 2002.
“Artie and I cleared the air for the first hour,” Verboys said. “Then we began to put together all the pluses of having him join us here at Scarsdale. The pluses far outweighed any minuses.”
Verboys said maturity allowed the two to repair their fractured relationship. He expects to rely on Troilo’s defensive acumen during the week and, if the schedule allows, on game day.
“Artie will be our defensive guru,” Verboys said.
It had been rumored that Troilo would assist Iona Prep. As expected, longtime former Horace Greeley coach Bill Tribou opened camp Monday on Vic Quirolo’s staff there.
Coleman commits to Navy: Stepinac quarterback Brandon Coleman made an enviable decision Sunday night. The 4.0 student picked Navy over Harvard, Yale and Davidson.
Coleman, the fifth-ranked student in Stepinac’s senior class, said Navy was well-suited to his style of play. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound dual threat threw for 1,144 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for another 717 yards and eight scores as a junior.
“That was a huge factor,” he said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere where I didn’t fit well. I wanted to go somewhere where it catered to my game.”
Rye Neck begins defense: Rye Neck opened camp as the defending Class C champion. It was a welcome feeling for coach Nick Ianello, whose team went 11-1, losing only in the state final.
“Every year we came out, I always wanted to come back as a champion,” Ianello said. “This is the first time. We came close three or four times. Now it feels like the pressure is off.”
Senior stars Dom Brescia and Pedro Cueto headline the returners, but teammates Jake Sevean and Chris Richart are also among the key contributors set to fill expanded roles.
Rye Neck also welcomed the return of quarterback Daniel Gottlieb, who’d spent the last three years at Mamaroneck.
Madison hobbled again: Iona Prep quarterback Robert Madison arrived to the varsity as a much-hyped sophomore, but the senior has played just part of one season. He will now miss the beginning of this season with a broken fibula, an injury he suffered playing defense during a 7-on-7 at Stony Brook in July.
Madison split time early last season with Nick Kryza before suffering the same injury to his other leg. He won’t see a doctor for possible clearance until Sept. 8, meaning he will miss Week 1 against Section 9’s Newburgh.
“It’s a good vibe around here, and it’s a good thing my injury hasn’t gotten everyone down,” he said. “We have a good supporting cast. We have a good team. I’m just a piece of it.”
TZ hoping to avoid rebuild: After last year winning its first sectional playoff game since the state tournament began in 1993, Tappan Zee graduated 18 seniors. The Dutchmen face a complicated task, to rebuild the core of that team while striving for the standard.
It won’t be easy. Tappan Zee will field a team with just six seniors and opens the season with two-time defending Class A champ Somers.
“The group that graduated last year set the bar high, and we want to aspire to that,” coach Andy DiDomenico said.
Hornets hand off to Capozzi: After spending the last two seasons in the Lakeland backfield, developing a reputation as an elusive runner, Anthony Capozzi is moving to quarterback.
“My freshman year, I played quarterback in a similar offense,” Capozzi said. “Last year, every morning I’d go into Coach’s room, and we’d scheme for an hour and draw up plays and figure out what we were going to do (this season).”
Finding the right mix: The depth chart is fuzzy right now at Mahopac, which graduated nearly half the roster. It could be a rebuilding year, but the Indians have a talented junior class. Over the next few weeks, they will compete for playing time.
“We are wide-open, every spot on the roster,” said Mahopac coach Tom Donahoe, who ran three sessions on Monday. “Despite graduating so many seniors, we have a very tight group. We should be a very athletic team, and we’ve got some speed.”
One battle that is going to draw attention is at quarterback, where senior Nick Mondello and junior Daniel Foley are competing to win the starting job.
Extra points: Junior Tommy Avery is expected to start at quarterback for White Plains. His brothers Kevin and Jeff also were starting quarterbacks for the Tigers. … Spring Valley returned sophomore Justin Eaton, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound receiver from New Jersey power St. Joseph Regional of Montvale. Woodlands welcomed Stepinac transfer Rashad Baker, who the Falcons believe can be an impact player. … Harrison senior linebacker Drew Estes committed to Bryant last week.
Mike Dougherty, Nancy Haggerty, Vincent Mercogliano and Mike Zacchio contributed to this notebook.