WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Wood-Ridge volleyball’s loss is William Paterson’s gain.
Long-time Wood-Ridge girl’s volleyball coach Andrea Marino has resigned from Wood-Ridge High School to take the William Paterson University head coaching position, taking over for long-time coach Sandy Ferrarella, who retired at the end of last season.
The 1992 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Year and a two-time member of the All-NJAC First Team (1991, 1992), she also competed for the WP softball team during the 1989 and 1992 seasons. Marino helped William Paterson win the 1991 NJAC Volleyball Tournament title and make an appearance in the 1992 NCAA Softball Tournament.
Marino has served as the Wood-Ridge varsity volleyball (2006-19) and softball (2017-20) head coach while teaching physical education at the Wood-Ridge Junior/Senior High School since 2013. She led the Blue Devils to seven league titles (2007, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and one NJIC Conference championship (2018) while earning numerous BCSL National (2007) and NJIC Meadowlands Division (2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) Coach of the Year Awards on the volleyball court.
"I'm so excited to start this new journey at William Paterson," said Marino. "The opportunity to follow in my mentor's steps is such an honor and privilege. I'm looking forward to building on the foundation laid by Coach Ferrarella. We have a great core of players returning next season who are talented, dedicated and have a lot of potential. I've already had a Zoom meeting with the team and I'm ready to get to work."
Marino was previously a physical education teacher (1995-2000) and head varsity volleyball coach (1995-2005) in the Hawthorne school district, winning the 2001 Group 2 state title with a perfect 31-0 record. Under her leadership, the Bears won four Passaic County titles, and seven BPSL League championships, earning her Passaic County Coach of the Year honors seven times.
"I look forward to Andrea joining our staff as the head volleyball coach," said WP Director of Intercollegiate Athletic Sabrina Grant in a press release. "Her coaching experience and success, combined with her passion for the game and William Paterson University, offer a great deal of optimism for the future of the program."
Marino has been enshrined in the NJSIAA (2018), Legends Volleyball (2016) and Wood-Ridge High School Athletics (2014) Halls of Fame, and was named the recipient of the 2000 Bergen County Women's Coaching Association Award and 1999-2000 Hawthorne Teacher of the Year Award. She graduated from William Paterson in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in movement science and health.
Marino takes over the WP Volleyball program after her former coach, Sandy Ferrarella, retired this spring following 41 seasons, 709 victories and three NJAC Tournament titles at William Paterson.
“I am really excited to start this new adventure at WPU,” Marino stated. “ I played for Coach Sandy, and I am honored to be her successor. I have been very successful at Hawthorne and Wood-Ridge because of all she has taught me. Not many can say they have coached at their high school and their college, so I am extremely proud and honored.”
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