YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown football coach Mike Rescigno always preached the importance of family to his team. So, it should come as no surprise that his decision to resign his post after 15 successful years was driven by family.
Rescigno, 42, informed his team of his decision on Nov. 12, at Yorktown High School, where he also works as a physical education teacher.
“It got out pretty darn quick,” Rescigno said of his resignation. “Word travels fast but I wanted to have my kids hear it from me first.”
A Poughkeepsie resident, Rescigno, known to his players as "House," said he wanted to spend more time with his son and daughter.
“I feel it’s time to just dial it back and get closer to my family,” Rescigno said. “Being in Yorktown, 45 minutes away, limits me from being able to do a lot of things with them and certainly they are my first priority.”
In addition to coaching at Yorktown, Rescigno has also coached youth football in Arlington, where his son plays.
“I have been coaching my son since he was in kindergarten. He’s in eighth grade now,” said Rescigno, who will remain at Yorktown as a physical education teacher. “I guess it’s my seventh or eighth year, coaching the youth guys in tandem with this (coaching the varsity at Yorktown).”
Just like with Yorktown, Arlington also went far this fall.
“We lost at West Point in the championship game in a close game,” said Rescigno, who was an All-American offensive lineman at Hofstra. “That’s been a heck of a run, too. It’s been a blessing for me to be able a part of those things.”
Rescigno credits his wife, Kerri, for being able to coach with both Yorktown’s varsity and Arlington’s youth programs at the same time.
“It’s been a lot of work to try and make that balance go,” Rescigno said. “A lot of that fell on my wife to make the balance work. She is the balance and the more these kids are doing, the more you are going to miss and it’s just not something I can do. I just can’t do it.”
Rescigno had kind parting words for his assistants: Pantelis Ypsilantis, Jeff Cerar, Roger Santavicca, Jim Deans, Andrew Cabibbo, Jeff Sniffen and Rob Cappelli.
“My coaching staff are guys I could never, ever thank the right way. They are my best friends ever. They might as well be my brothers. They made it easier, too,” Rescigno said.
Rescigno said he will always cherish his Yorktown football family.
“I wanted to keep doing it. I loved more than anything being the coach of this town,” Rescigno said. “I am so grateful for these relationships and I wouldn’t have traded any of them for the world. I would do it all again the same way. As hard as it’s been, as exhausting as it’s been, it’s been worth every second, of every shred of that effort. That’s because I have gotten probably more out of it than anyone can ever say they’ve gotten from me as a coach.”
Rescigno ends his Yorktown coaching career with a 100-45 record, including an 8-2 campaign this fall, which ended on Nov. 8 with a loss to Rye in the Section 1 Class A title game.
The pinnacle of Rescigno’s time at Yorktown came in 2017, when the Huskers beat rival Somers, 21-7, in the Section 1 Class A title contest, to win the school’s first sectional title since 1998. They would go on to play for a state title at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.