Maggio takes the lead at Lodi

Mark Maggio is just the tenth head football coach in Lodi High School history dating back to 1935.

Lodi didn’t go outside the family tree to find its head football coach.

The Lodi Board of Education approved the hiring of Mark Maggio as the Rams new football coach Thursday. The 36-year old is a Lodi graduate, current head wrestling coach at the school and has been Tirico’s defensive coordinator for the last 11 seasons.

“I know I have been shoes to fill,” said Maggio Friday. “Coach [Pat] Tirico was here for 35 years. Things will be similar, but different. I would like to say I will give it my own flavor. Practices will be a little different, more like a wrestling practice, kids going station to station, a lot of up-tempo.”

Maggio is just the tenth head coach for the school dating back to 1935. He was on the school’s 1998 sectional championship team, playing center for the Rams after moving from fullback. He played college football at Sacred Heart before transferring to Montclair State.

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He started coaching football at Ridgefield Memorial, then moved over to Ridgefield Park as an assistant. When Tirico asked him to come back to Lodi and be a physical education teacher and coach in 2005, he had to say yes.

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