By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football insider
Ron Introini has resigned as Valley Central’s football coach after leading the program for 19 years to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
Introini, who played at Warwick in the late-1980s’, informed his players of his decision on Thursday afternoon. Valley Central finished 2-7 this season and won seven games over the last three years. Introini’s highlight came in 2015 when the Vikings won their first championship of any kind in 47 years. Introini did not immediately return a phone call on Thursday night.
The Vikings clinched the Section 9 Class AA Division II title three years ago with a 35-10 win over Warwick. Valley Central had last won a championship in 1968, claiming the Orange County League title. Former Valley Central quarterback Kenny Gray, who led the 2015 Vikings, said he spoke to Introini via text message on Thursday.
“I was upset when I heard the news,” said Gray, now playing ay Hamilton College. “It’s unfortunate that no more kids at Valley Central will get to experience Coach Introini. Playing for him are some of my best memories of high school. But he wants to spend more time with his family and I support him.”
One of Introini’s most trusted assistants, Mike Bliss, has also resigned to spend more time with his family.
“It’s unfortunate because Coach Introini is a great guy,” Valley Central senior quarterback Chandler Toth said. “He was personable and introduced me to football. Coach gave me my first shot on varsity and he was a great coach. He has two daughters that he loves to death and he wants to spend time with them.”
“I think Ron has always been a class act and I wish him the best,” Newburgh coach Bill Bianco added. “Ron is a good person and he has always tried to do the right thing for that program. I wish him and his family the best.”
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