Marcello resigns at South Point
SOUTH POINT — Rick Marcello is stepping down as the head football coach of the South Point Pointers because of some personal issues.
Marcello stepped aside with the same class and professionalism that he exhibited as the program’s coach.
“It’s my alma mater. It’s been great. I had the opportunity to return, but due to personal reasons it stretched me too thin,” said Marcello.
“You have long-term plans and goals, but I’m a man of faith and like John the Baptist, I’m paving the way for someone else to come along.”
Marcello finished with a 10-20 record in three seasons.
“Our kids made their grades, no one quit the team late in the season when times were tough,” said Marcello. “We only lose six seniors so we have a good nucleus coming back. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of it.”
The Pointers were planning to use a spread “air raid” offense that revolved around quarterback Gage Townson. But the senior quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason
“You don’t make excuses,” said Marcello. “The way the kids responded to the adversity made me proud. How you deal with adversity determines your character.”
Marcello thanked the school’s administration for their support, especially superintendent Mark Christian, principal Ben Coleman and athletic director Dave Adams.
“I couldn’t have worked with better people,” said Marcello. “We’ve got a good thing in place. It’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to be a blue and gold Pointer.”