With season opener next week Tide football focuses on becoming a team
By LORENZO RECUPERO
Crimson Tide football will live by one motto this football season: family.
With just a four-game schedule, void of any league or state playoffs as of today, coach Robert DiLoreto is purposefully guiding Everett football one step at a time looking first to build continuity and trust throughout the program in a dramatically shortened season.
“Our first practice on the field was emotional, a myriad of feelings between coaches and players. We are lucky,” said DiLoreto after the Tide started their in-person practices earlier this month. Before April, all team meetings and workouts were voluntary and conducted via Zoom. It was then DiLoreto decided the team would come together in their first on-field practice and determine what they’d be competing for this season.
Everett football’s newest head coach is looking to continue rolling out the winning recipe behind the Crimson Tide’s storied championship history and plans to do so by bringing to the table one main ingredient: Trust.
“My motivation [as coach] is to earn trust and build relationships with players,” said Everett’s newest graduate turned head coach, Robert DiLoreto, who met with players for the first time this season via Zoom last week. “I want the team to learn from my actions and see I care about their well-being as student-athletes first,” said DiLoreto, a graduate of Everett High School’s 1984 class.
“My main motivation is to support students. Championships are great, but building relationships is most important. I want to get them to believe in themselves more than X’s and O’s,” said DiLoreto, a major advocate of sports and learning life lessons going hand-in-hand.
In our increasingly peculiar society strapped down by the Coronavirus pandemic, DiLoreto’s first duty as head coach was not performed on the gridiron but instead from his living room.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced there will be a 2021 MIAA High School Football season beginning February 22.
The rescheduled fall sports season, or “Fall 2” season as it’s been dubbed by the MIAA, will be allowed to start later this month after the pandemic ravaged any plans of play when the school year started remotely in September.
The safeguards in place for the upcoming football season include larger team boxes, to ensure social distancing, and face masks must be worn by players and coaches at all times.
With the MIAA’s announcement came an equally as important announcement for the Everett Crimson Tide: a familiar face will be taking over as new head football coach.
The hometown hire of Robert DiLoreto, a graduate of Everett High’s 1984 class, keeps with the school’s trend of bringing in familiar faces to help lead its youth athletes, as he joins a group of former EHS graduates who have come back to lead at their alma mater, including basketball coach Stanley Chamblain, softball coach Stacy Poste, and former football coach Theluxon Pierre.