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February 7, 2014

New head coach at Nansemond River

The Nansemond River Warriors have been a steady program for the past three seasons posting a 14-17 mark since the beginning of the 2011 season after not winning more than three games in a single season since their 7-3 finish in 2002.

With the deaprture of head coach Tracey Parker following the 2013 campaign, the Warriors administration went searching for someone who can take them to the next level and they may have found their man in David Coccolli who recently led Forest Park to their first postseason appearance as they advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to Oscar Smith.

A native of the Tidewater area who grew up in Newport News and played his college football at Christopher Newport University, Coccolli is looking forward to being back near home.  "Nansemond River made the playoffs last year and wnet 5-5 in the two years before that. The jayvee had a big year so there is a lot of talent going through the school now. It's the perfect opportunity for me to come back home and try to contribute to a program near my hometown. That's important to me and my family."

Coccolli has a strong history of winning as he carried Manassas Park to the playoffs in 2010 after the program had suffered a four-year drought then moved on to Forest Park where he took the Bruins to the playoffs for the first time in school history last season, his third year on the job there.

"When I met with the Principal and the Athletic Director, I was sold on their vision for the program immediately," says Coccolli. "They want a successful program on and off the field and they want a discipline program on and off the field with kids held accountable for what they do. They want good student-athlets and want the school to be the pride of Suffolk."

Words that he believes that he can turn into action.

"I think that hard work, especially in the offseason, is key. I ask a lot of the players and, if they want to be successful, they are going to have to buy in. It's about work ethic and about playing good defense and speical teams."

With the Warriors likely to move to a 4A conference in 2015, Coccolli believes that the program can do big things in the near future.

"I want to give a jolt of enthusiasm to the program."


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