By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Former James I. O’Neill head coach Anthony Finochio, who led the Raiders to two Section 9 championships, is the new head man at Washingtonville.
Finochio, 36, had served as a Washingtonville varsity assistant for the last two years. He previously worked on the Wizards’ staff from 2007-09. Washingtonville went 3-6 under Don Clark last year, losing to eventual champion Newburgh in the quarterfinals of the Section 9 Class AA playoffs.
“There is something special to coach for the school that you work for and the community that you live in,” Finochio said. “I’m excited. I think our main goal out of the gate is to grow the program and increase our numbers. The ultimate goal when you take over any program is to win a championship.”
Finochio, a special education teacher in the Washingtonville district, coached at O’Neill from 2010-16, stepping down to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Anthony, 6, Carina, 4 and Liliana, 3.
“It was the right time (to return),” Finochio said. “When I left O’Neill, we had just had our third child. I was needed on the home front. Being more local makes it easier for me and my family.”
Finochio went 40-28 at O’Neill, leading the Raiders to the Class C championship in 2011 and 2012. Under Finochio, O’Neill was the Class C runner-up in 2013 and Class B runner-ups two years later.
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