“I got a release from my coach at Marist so I didn’t have any problem transferring. I liked the school, but didn’t like being so far away from my family and friends. When I was in high school I talked to Bentley coaches about playing baseball and football. I’m going to concentrate strictly on football and not go out for baseball here.”
Bentley had an 8-2 record this past season, but didn’t get to go to the playoffs because New Haven was perfect at 10-0.
Former Bishop Fenwick running back Bobby Tarr is among those graduating from Bentley next spring, so Coppola figures to see a lot more time in the backfield in 2013 along with former Catholic Memorial player Lorenzo Warren.
Last spring when Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly returned to his alma mater at St. John’s Prep, he spoke to a large crowd at a banquet at Danversport Yacht Club that included members of the 2012 football squad.
At the time, Kelly mentioned that both his Fighting Irish and the Eagles were striving to be No. 1.
How prophetic his words turned out to be, with St. John’s winning the Division 1 Super Bowl crown and unbeaten Notre Dame (12-0) ranked as the top team in the country and playing 12-1 Alabama for the BCS Championship next month.
Former Prep football coach/athletic director Fred Glatz has been rooting for two of his former football players now coaching: Kelly and Bill O’Brien at Penn State.
O’Brien, a former New England Patriots assistant coach, took over at a very tough time after the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the multitude of sanctions put on the Nittany Lions, but he provided a steady hand to try to right the ship and had a very good season at 8-4.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at email@example.com.