The realization of replacing legendary Hackley football coach Rob Pickert did not scare or intimidate Phil Treglia. The former Iona Prep stand-out quarterback and 1994 graduate accepted the challenge and was named the new Hackley football coach.
Treglia, 35, a Guidance Counselor at Iona Prep, was Woodlands head coach the past two years. He will man the sideline that Pickert ran for 38 years. Coach Pickert has been great, very friendly and very helpful through the process, said Treglia, who coached at his alma mater for seven years. He wants the program to transition smoothly. Following a legend like Coach Pickert is going to be a daunting task, but I embrace it.
Treglia, the varsity offensive coordinator while at Iona Prep, said he plans on maintaining what Pickert developed and combining this with his own philosophy. I recognize his success and the attributes and character that he developed in the athletes, which has also made them good, young men, Treglia said.
According to Treglia, the players have transitioned well to the change in coaching. After meeting with them, Treglia said he can see leaders emerging. We have a lot of leadership from the upcoming seniors. We are going to run a high-tempo, spread offense, with multiple formations. The players are excited about it and they are embracing it, he said.
Treglia, an Eastchester resident, recalled when he was an eighth-grader and a fan of Iona Preps football team because the Gaels went with run-and-shoot offense. Treglia went on to a highly-successful Iona Prep career, running this same offense. As a quarterback, it was exciting to run that offense, said Treglia, of the run-and-shoot. Thats what we want to bring to Hackley. We want an exciting offense. We want to get the kids out and want them to play.
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